About the Book
In January 2009, I returned to Taiwan for the one year anniversary of my Ah-Gong's passing. As an outsider returning to my homeland, everything was simultaneously foreign and familiar. I sought to reconnect with the spaces around me and in doing so, hoped to reconnect with my Ah-Gong.
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Standard Portrait, 8×10 in, 20×25 cm
- Publish Date Dec 08, 2009
- Tags fang liao, shui li liao, negative space, stinky tofu, asia, taipei, taiwan, travel, landscapes, kaohsiung, culture, trains, harbor, boats, loneliness, emptiness, neglect, urban, buildings, home, roots, keelung, hospital
Working primarily in digital photography, Vivian Pei-Wen Chen seeks to bring aspects of the world that we ordinarily fail to see into images as unbounded as they are precisely defined. The negative spaces words scarcely touch — the quiet, neglected crannies and vast hollows of big cities, the voids that open up in landscapes, and the slight but overwhelming gaps within dense crowds — are places her eye readily resides, and form the heart of her work. A passage on nothingness from the Tao Te Ching expresses for her how the sheer darkness existing where light does not is what allows her images to emerge: Thirty spokes are joined together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that allows the wheel to function. We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that makes the vessel useful. We fashion wood for a house, but it is the emptiness inside that makes it livable. We work with the substantial, but the emptiness is what we use. Tao Te Ching: Chapter 11 by Lao Tzu