YU Ya-Lan

I have always been interested in the sentiments and fragments of life that are unable to be completely expressed with words, such as the images that flash by or the scenery scattered throughout our daily lives, or the emotions evoked by changes in time. We are still unable to feel the same sensations merely from their description, no matter how much of its experience is shared. These small, ineffable moments strewn throughout our memory constantly emerge. By transforming them into images, we can produce memories that are intertwined with our environment by continuously excavating the self and groups.

The images residing within people’s memories are residues from their continuous life experiences, while pictures serve as the isolated appearance of a disconnected moment of time… When we believe a picture is meaningful, we usually provide it with a past and a future. By bestowing a past and future upon the detached and disconnected moment of a photo, we situate it within a continuous context of time to conceive a particular meaning. 1

I searched for a beautiful piece of scenery for the work by using images from my own memory as a source of inspiration. As I restructured and released the images in my memory, I also saved any images that could serve as elements in my work. After the work is completed via reconstructed memories, the frequently appearing elements, such as lakes (water) and shadows, are dismantled one by one from the surface of the artwork. By reading the repetitive elements of the picture, I attempt to delve deeper into the heart of creation.

From the content and images of the work, the creative method can be observed. The authentic elements of nature and the scenery of the painting are made through the multiple pressing of single prints, which present individually construed images one by one. As I was conceiving this work, I drew simple lines across a wooden board, while gazing and touching it. This tactile process allowed me to enter a state of tranquil concentration. During the production process, the thickness of the ink allowed the innate characteristics of the wood grain to appear. Through reversed engraving patterns, the woodcut letterpress exhibits the original color tone of skin, which demonstrates its intense vitality.

The images of substances and memories reside between reality and virtuality - they cannot be replaced by anyone or anything. The physical environment of the world is constantly changing. In a process of backtracking, the internal perceptions and records of past sentiments within memories are extracted again following similar experiences or objects. The images captured from memory are pieced together to complete the artwork. Then, by watching similar scenes, a link between the work and memory is evoked. This is also the part of my inner landscape that I continue to view even to this day.

 

  1. By John Berger and Jean Mohr, translated by Chang Shih-Lun, Another Way of Telling, Taipei, Cite Publishing Ltd., 2009, p. 94.

 Yu, Ya-Lan CV

 

1987 Born in Yunlin, Taiwan

 

Education

2006 National Chiayi Senior High School, Chiayi, Taiwan

2006-2010 B.F.A, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2010-    M.F.A, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

 

Exhibitions

2014 “Art Tainan,” Tainan, Taiwan

2013 “Doors Art Fair Seoul 2013,” Seoul, Korea  

2013 “Livelihood,” Art Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013 “Prints Life,” Group Exhibition, Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan

2013 “Indigo Youth from Taipei & Beijing,“ IP Gallery, Hualien, Taiwan

2013 “The Circle Game,” Tunghai University Art Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan 

2013 “Trans-Prints,” Gai Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2013 “The Following Shadow,” Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2013 “I Love Printmaking,” Group Exhibition, New Taipei City, Taiwan

2013 Liang Gallery Spring Exhibition "Starry Night Sky", Taipei, Taiwan

2012 Super-Novart-Freedom Men Art Apartments, Taichung, Taiwan 

2012 The 2012 Beijing Print Expo, Beijing, China

2012 Art Taipei: Made in Taiwan — Young Artist Discovery, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 YALAN YU Solo Exhibition, Art & Collection Inspiration Zone, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2012 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2012 “Dear Mr. Solitary” Solo Exhibition of Print, Sonnentor Café, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 “More than Eight Quarters of Expectation,” Department of Fine Arts 99 TNUA New Graduate Student Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 “Petit Exhibition,” Group Exhibition, North-South Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 The 14th “V DAY” Clothesline Project, artists handmade T-shirts for charity fair, Taipei, Taiwan  

2012 Year of the Dragon exhibition, Center of Traditional Arts, Ilan, Taiwan

2011 Art Voyage, New Taipei City Government, Taipei, Taiwan

2011 Taiwan Korea International Print Exhibition, NTUA, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 National Printmaking Exhibition, Fo-Guang-Yuan Art Gallery, Ilan, Taiwan

2010 “Close” Solo Exhibition, Salt Peanuts, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 M.F.A. Program, Department of Fine Arts 99 TNUA New Graduate Student Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 The Art Exhibition of Taipei County, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 “Schrödinger's Box,” Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 “The 23th Department of Fine Arts Exhibition,” Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 “1+1+1+1,”Group Exhibition, North-South Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 “The 22th Department of Fine Arts Exhibition,” Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2007 “Class Exhibition is a FOOL,” Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2006 “Contact Critical Point,” Art Site of Chiayi Railway Warehouse, Chiayi, Taiwan

 

Awards

2013 First Prize of Printmaking, the 18th DA DUN Fine Arts Exhibition, Taichung, Taiwan

2012 Art Taipei: Made in Taiwan — Young Artist Discovery

2012 First Prize of Printmaking, the Art Exhibition of Taipei County, Taipei, Taiwan

2012 Judges’ list award, International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2012 ROC

2010 Quality Award of Printmaking, the Art Exhibition of Taipei County, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 Third Prize of Printmaking, The 23th Department of Fine Arts Exhibition, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

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