DATES: 29th October to 30th November 2016
OPENING: 3pm, 29th October 2016
VENUE: La Bella Vita, corner of Shizheng North 5th Rd and Huizhong 3rd St, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan
VIEWING RESERVATION: 04-36095888 (Please call to make viewing appointments)
GALLERY HOURS: 10:30am to 5:00pm
La Bella Vita in Taichung, Taiwan proudly presents the debut showing of Remnant, by artist Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang. This sculptural installation is the culmination of a 2 year project, which began in 2014 when she moved to Thailand with her husband. Living on the beach, they saw the dire state of the oceans and the extensive level of plastic pollution. Everyday, millions of tonnes of plastic waste is generated in every corner of the world. Everyday, the remnants are washed up onto the shores, and into the sea.
It is estimated that 50-80% of sea turtles in the world have ingested plastic. These plastics fill up their stomachs but do not give them life-sustaining nutrients; and in the end, the turtles die of starvation. Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtles species are now classified as threatened or endangered.
This work is about questioning our disposable culture, and the excessive human consumption of our times. It is a battle cry for our oceans, and for all the animals of our seas.
The materials used in this work are all industrial, commercial and domestic waste plastics collected from factories, shops and friends.
Also showing at La Bella Vita is a collection of Annie’s recent paintings from her “Seek” and “Origins” series. These large, colourist, pure abstractions aim to capture the emotive, the intangible and the transcendental: evoking the shared, intimate and universal experiences of what it is to be human. Her oil paintings create a sense of space and depth upon which the viewer may contemplate on the numinous, the emotional, and the sublime.