Noise, 2016, oil on canvas, 4 sets of canvases, 55 x 35 inches in total
As Taiwan has ended the martial law in the year of 1987, the freedom of speech has out-bursted. Social media without a strict restriction of its content, started to influence the way Taiwanese view their own country. As more and more news media competitors came to place, each company tried to get the most attention from the audiences. Eventually, this phenomena led to an excessive or rather, violent pressure to force the people to take in information. This work is referenced from the format of a TV news report, having multiple information shouting at the audience at once. Do we care about what information is true or we just take them all in?
Breath of the Heavens, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 inches
The work takes its references from Genesis chapter one when God is forming the world. Genesis 1:1-5, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."
Trapped Island, 2016, mixed media on canvas, 83 x 60 inches
Religion cannot stand on its own and to be excluded from the society or the culture of a nation. Taiwan has its majority on Buddhism, one of the most notable Asian originated religion. As I was growing up, I realised this religion is more than what we think it is. The activities or habits the society shares are heavily influenced by Buddhism. Not to be offended by the practices, I was deeply amazed by the beauty of this religion. However, religion might be a guidance, at the same time a stumbling rock to trap a whole society in its own belief. Taiwan, as an island, how does it progress in the upcoming decades? Will the tradition hinder or hold back what the new generation is capable of?
Untitled, 2017, UV paint on collaged newspaper, stretched on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Contemporary work: The definition of inheritance is the transfer of materials, tangible or otherwise, to other counterparts. It is inevitable that the process of an inheritance may generate other issues, thus diverting it towards a more extensive phenomenon. As a young adult with dual citizenships, I have faced many challenges with regards to my parents’ expectations within the spectrum of education and nationality. All the questions and thoughts are concealed within the gesture of writing in luminous paint. The contrast in education systems and parents’ expectations compels me to reconsider my identity – what is my origin and what will I bring with me into my future?
Conversation Between Heavens and Earth, 2017, oil and gold paint on canvas, diameter of 60 inch
Benedict has won the Dr. Winston Oh Travelling Award in Lasalle College of the Arts. The college has sponsored his trip to Lhasa, Tibet for his self proposal in his individual research. The artist is deeply fascinated by not only the culture of the Tibetans, but the obtainment of the incredible power that was inspired from their religion. He has learned Tibetans, mandala, Tibetan music, singing, and various related disciplines in order to create this circular mandala.
The artist has “finally came to peace with himself and had a conversation with himself” during this trip to Tibet. Based on the Eastern philosophy, Benedict believes in how our souls are able to communicate and exchange the energy between us to the heavens and the earth. Especially Tibetans, living in the closest city to the sky, Lhasa, sing songs to praise the nature and the heavens. The artist is very moved by the power of their music and their sincerity for their love to the indescribable power. Benedict has lived with the monks, the Tibetan community, and entered some of the most restricted areas to document his experiences in Tibet.
思鄉愁 Homesick, 2018, oil paint on canvas, 71 x 53 inches
This is part of the artist's army diary in recording his thoughts and feelings toward the two years of military service in Singapore. Having to serve these two years of military away from his home, Taiwan, the artist is deeply in pain and homesick. He has no choice but to see how his home is changing drastically between political problems and social illusions. When we are all working, studying, or serving military overseas, how we wish nothing will change and things will be the same on the day that we left our home. Leaving home is tough, but accepting the reality of the changes are harder.