Routes in the insomnia - Chen Hui-Chiao's Solo Exhibition

Routes in the insomnia - Chen Hui-Chiao's Solo Exhibition

“Routes in the Insomnia” brings together 20 works from Chen Hui-Chiao’s Needles and Thread series of works, completed over the past decade. Using the needle as a brush, and yarn as paint, she deliberately calls attention to the “materiality” in her exploration of the assorted possibilities for a new vernacular for articulating two-dimensional works. These possibilities must consider the meshing, not the division, of form and materials. In her needle and thread works she employs canvas, suede, cotton, or nylon cloth as a base, on top of which embroidered lines retain rational geometric elements. Over these lines she sews such items as needles, metallic thread, white down feathers, gauze, and sequins, like launching a chase between “construction” and “destruction” of which she never tires. Chen’s new work, Shuttle (2017), bursts with even more energy. After first applying acrylic colors on canvas, she sewed on a layer of gauze, into which she directly embroidered needles. This confluence of disparate materials imparts the complexity of the artist’s everyday thoughts. The materiality of this series of works long superseded its pictorial qualities as the artist plays with materials following her subjective consciousness. The careful and deliberate application of materials allows us to draw certain conclusions, and the use of these materials allows her to constantly consider the possibilities of two-dimensional forms of expression.