Ya-Chu Kang｜地衣織程 Earthy Weaving Undertaking
地衣織程 Earthy Weaving Undertaking
Branches, tree bark, hemp rope, rattan, reed, etc.
Coastal Forest, Main Area of Guandu Nature Park
Inspired by the homophones in Mandarin of the Festival theme 感潮 (gǎn cháo) and 趕潮流(gǎn cháo liú; means follow the crowd), Earthy Weaving Undertaking aims to explore the current condition of the fashion industry and reveal the serious social and environmental problems beneath it. Have you ever thought of the true cost when purchasing a trendy piece with low prices? Ethical issues like labor exploitation, heavy metal contamination, waste water dumping are actually intertwined with these fast fashion products.
A loom is installed among woods to represent the interdependence between human and environment in traditional culture. Hemp ropes are used to warp the loom and natural fibers found in Guandu Nature Park are woven on it to create a “sea and mountain pattern” in traditional Chinese weaving and embroidery. The rolling waves and straight up cliff symbolizes the good fortune and longevity, which reminds us of the value of our coexistence with nature and embodies the sustainable spirit of the Festival.
Ya-chu Kang is a Taipei based artist whose work explores issues of identity, the relationship between human and natural and the social environment message through mix-media sculpture, site-specific installation, textile, video, drawing, photographs and collaboration. Having trained in various sculpture and textile based disciplines, the works range from large site-specific installations to small interdisciplinary sculptures and 2D works.
Described as "simulation objects" the work eliminates the boundary between usable items and sculpture — the functional and the aesthetic. The materials themselves have nostalgic senses and original meaning perhaps hidden from their symbolism. The relationships between environment and human bodies, life and death, as well as personal reactions to exteriors often articulated through textile process. Those process embracing accidents, mutations, and accretions of surface and detail with time; accepting nature to have its way with unstable mediums, including plant, sun, salt, and water; and intensive collaboration with other fields and artists.