"Journal of Nature - Silver Works by Hui Fang-Lin" American Cultural Center October 5 - December 26, 2001
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Hui Fang-lin graduated from Fu-Jen Catholic University. After working at Howard Salon for a few years, she decided to study metalwork at States University of New York in 1991 and received her Master of Art degree in 1993. Hui has been teaching metalwork at the Applied Art Department of the Fu-Jen Catholic University since returning to Taiwan. She has also established a studio and devoted herself to the creation of silver works. This exhibit will present about twenty pieces of Hui's recent works.
The subject matter of Hui's works has always been nature. She applies the images of flowers, plants, seashells, seeds, etc. onto the humble, serene, subtle and mysterious material of silver. She creates wearable arts with unique texture and glamour, which can be worn by the collar, ear, or wrists. A series of silver works done by lost wax or sculpting techniques display intriguing scenes of nature.
The "Marvelous Shell Series" come from Hui's reaction to the shells on the soft animals in the sea and the subtle spiral line movements on the shell. The spiral lines symbolize the creation of life and the origin of world. Hui begins from making relief on her pieces to present the spiral movement, and creating balanced and fully occupied three-dimensional spaces on the works. Under continuous evolution in processes, however, the spiral lines seem to regain their life and begin their motion. Expanding from multiple geometric blocks and abstract patterns on this series, viewers seem to experience the secret and mystery of the sea.
The "Morning Dew Series" is based on the form of flowers. The flowers are arranged on not exactly square formats, and presented as relief on the wall. They display the effect of the enlargement of the details on a picture. The embellishment of precious stones on the pieces implies morning dew on the flowers. "Listening to the Tide Series" emphasize on the juxtaposition of void and solid space created by lines, while the sea shell embedded on it seems to pass the sound of the tide into the wearer's ear.
Hui chooses "silver" as her media of creation, because she loves to pursue the peculiar texture of the material and to disclose the subtle temperament of it. While employing the technique of sculpting, Hui precisely works out the angles and curves of the subjects, and controls its texture and glow.