Pei-Hsuan Wang was born in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. Her practices reflect on the intricate ties between private experiences and the outside world in the face of globalization, and furthermore explore the nuanced relationship between transborder cultural, personal, and geographical identification through installation and object-making.
“Hello, Taiwan” invites young Taiwanese artist Pei-Hsuan Wang, and Bamboo Curtain Studio Marketing Manager Bess Lee to talk about art in contemporary Taiwan. What perspectives do emerging artists share, how are works developed in a time of rapid change, and what roles do artist collectives, new or established, play in the visual art world in Taiwan?
“The French philosopher Gaston Bachelard once wrote about what he termed the poetics of space. He believed that what we endow a space with poetically and emotionally is much more important than the physicality of the space itself. Such objective concept as distance here is converted into something meaningful and even story-filled—an imaginative geography made possible."
In her practice, Wang reflects on the intricate ties between private experiences and the established narrative set in a world characterized by rapid transnational movement. She is interested in territories where ideas of portraiture, landscape, and migrating bodies converge. Through object construction, material and (moving) image manipulation, processes of des- and re-assemblement, and orchestrating things’ relationships in space, she imagines poetic scenarios in which unique constellations of logic and storylines push and pull against one another, gradually forming shifting identities of their own.