The physical, spiritual and aesthetical relationships that we have with nature, for many years, form the center of reflection in the works by Charwei Tsai. In addition to the particularity and quality of her work recognized internationally, it is this special relationship with nature that led to the collaboration with Deyrolle.
As an artist and a traveler, Charwei Tsai is a photographer and a videographer. She has realized performances as well as sculptures and the ephemera. She is also publishes a periodical dedicated to dialogue and confrontation with artists from various horizons.
Meditating in the heart of nature, working with natural elements, gestures and repeated words (mantras), performing rituals with delicate improvisation, are what characterize the process of the artist. She works with perishable materials (flowers, fruits, tofu, mushrooms ….) to express the transitory nature of existence. The writing that she covers with such sanctification or spell reveals its deeper meaning through the process, which inevitably leads to its appearance and its disappearance.
For this exhibition at Deyrolle, the artist presents a kind of travel book consists of images (drawings, photos and videos), text and objects. It is an odyssey in the form of dreams and poem through the three elements, which are water, earth and air. This occasion is for the artist to explore sensitively the themes of origin, roots, and the momentum of desire and aspirations.
Born in 1980 in Taiwan, Charwei Tsai lives and works between Paris, New York and Taipei. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design – USA (2002) and has finished a research program – La Seine from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2010). In addition to solo exhibitions in Japan, China, Colombia, Australia, and France, she has participated in various international exhibitions such as “J’en Rêve” at the Fondation Cartier (2005); the Singapore Biennale (2006); “Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves “at ZKM Karlsrhue, Germany (2007); ” Traces of the Sacred “at the Centre Pompidou (2008), the 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2009) and “Taiwan Calling – An Elusive Island” at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary (2010).
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