-The Universe & Humankind-
The universe covers everything.
Imagining if the universe is a huge scale painting,
where can we find the humankind?
Probably at the corner.
Here it is- a tiny dot.
Left by the painter randomly and isn't easy to be seen at all.
what if viewing through a magnifier?
No longer as tiny as it used to be;
a larger one with textures,
woven by each painting brush bristle,
which contains pigments.
Can those textures as metaphor of human activity traces
left everywhere and anywhere in our daily life?
Then, will these traces become the evidences of humankind
interacting with the universe?
I will say.
Joy Chia-Yu Yeh's current work is inspired by the ritual theatre performance ‘Miroirs De Vie' (Legend Lin Dance Theatre, Taiwan), leading human consciousness back to the origin of universe by applying Taiwan’s folklore and eastern philosophies. This brings her to think of Chinese traditional philosophy ‘WuXing’, which has the interpretation that originally refers to a conceptual imagination of five-fold schemes (gold, wood, water, fire, soil), explaining the interaction between cosmos cycle system and human body’s internal organs.
Based on WuXing, Joy picks up the top scheme ‘gold’ for further discussions. 'Gold' pronounced as 'Jin' in Mandarin. Her methodology of approaching this theme is through modern human perspectives, rather than through Chinese traditional philosophy's point of view, since she lives in nowadays.
With the above concern, Joy then questions herself: How to reinterpret Jin? How does Jin build up the relationship with the modern society?