During the residence I´m making installations inspired by the swallows and swiftlets as a metaphor in contrast to the transience and instability. For hundreds of years these birds have carried with them good omens. They have shared the habitat with humans and have accompanied us through the passage of time and civilizations, adapting to the changes we make to the habitat.
These pieces will explore the concepts of adaptation, abandonment, shelter, the passage of time and the transformation of their habitat as a result of their close interaction with human beings, resulting in a close transformation of both human and bird habits. The project will implement textiles as well as recycled and collected materials from the city of Taiwan.
The technical and aesthetic challenge of this project is to work following the patterns of selection and manipulation of materials used by birds during nesting, including some materials not so conventional for the practice of weaving.
I have worked with leather, straw, pine leaves, plastic yarn, plastic fibers, wires, multifilament yarns, twigs, yarns of different calibers, thick ropes and extremely fine yarns. The diversified palette of materials means that the contrariety is present in both worlds as well as an evident process of adaptation of the resources.
The swallow is a messenger of spring and happiness in Chinese culture, and is seen as a symbol of good fortune. If swallows nest in the roof of a Chinese family’s house, the hosts will never disturb them, because it’s believed that it will bring luck to the family.
“Yan” (燕) is an easily recognizable pictographic character. In oracle bone inscriptions, it features the image of a bird with an open mouth, unfolded wings and furcated tail. During the evolution of Chinese characters in the form and structure, “yan”(燕) has been giving us the imagination of spreading wings and extending feather.
Works in residency
2017《Nexus - "A dialog of art, biology and architecture”》
From November 25th until December 17th, the multidisciplinary Mexican artist Lua Rivera will present at the Creative Reuse Center one installation piece.
For Lua Rivera, art is experienced through the nervous system. She experiments to know and creates to survive. For her, art can erase the limits of disciplines; Interacts freely between them and allows her work to transcend the walls of the gallery. Lua bases her artistic work on processes such as nesting, growth and adaptation of organisms. As a visual artist, she distinguishes between her continuous search and use of multidisciplinary resources: intervention, collage, photography and textiles.
The exhibition titled Nexus shows a reflection on the survival skills of birds and humans. The house built with the body and for the body, is the theme turned into an installation that explores the relations humans and birds create with materials in their environment. These installation is comprised by objects woven and assembled by hand in mixed techniques using recolected materials from the Creative Reause center of Taipei, the compleate intallation measures approximately six meters By three meters.
With this piece the artist seeks to reinterpret and understand the overlooked but millenary relation that binds us together.
These specialized structures express themselves in a nonverbal communication. Weaved within the core of this complex situation, lies the intricate stories about waste and survival of the most fit. This project enters a zone of tension, and navigates between these juxtapose worlds taking inspiration from the organic and complex nesting process of birds.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on November 25th 2017 at 11 am and will remain until December 17 2017 at the CRC facilities.