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Taiwan Pictorial and Literate Image
The thesis on the subject of “ The visual image of Taiwan society and the mental representation of the people of Taiwan” is to examine the living circumstances and the mentality of the contemporary Taiwan. As the state of the society is visible and concrete, the author adopts the concrete expressional approach in her artwork. On the other hand, as the mentality of people is hard to present through concrete images, it should convey through feelings and emotions, hence the author uses the symbolic expressional approach. The accumulation of human living creates culture. Through language and literature, the culture survives generation after generation. Due to human migration, the cultures of different human races encountered, confronted, and further integrated to create new culture forms. Taiwan is the origin of Austronesian Culture, and it has been through the reign of the Dutch colonialists, the Ming (Chinese Zheng Clan) Dynasty, the Ching Dynasty, the Japan occupation and the Kuomintang government. Taiwan has incorporated the cultures of the Ming (Chinese Zheng Clan) and the Ching dynasty. Nevertheless, though the Taiwanese culture was originated from the Han Culture, Taiwan has developed a diverse culture of its own after hundreds of years of hybridization of different cultures. Under the capitalist policies, the natural environment in Taiwan has been severely damaged, and there are constant conflicts between different social classes; the people of Taiwan feel less hopeful toward the future. The author presents the footprint of Taiwan’s past from a humanitarian perspective. She demonstrates the contemporary world by realistic painting, and with optimism, she portraits the multicultural Taiwan society through symbolic approach. It is a happy, hospitable and hopeful society in her paintings. The first chapter of this paper researches on the causes of the current state of Taiwan and the social responsibility of an artist. The second chapter introduces the thinking process of defining the thesis subject as a way to show concerns for the society. The third chapter explains the media, form and method of the artworks. The fourth chapter examines the intellectual process of creating, the form of expression and the concept and major significance of the artworks. The fifth chapter reviews the development of her thinking and mindset throughout the past 30-year practice as an artist, and reaffirms the focus and theme of her artistic creation in showing caring for the society. In the meantime, she depicts the Taiwanese society and demonstrates love for the country through various methods and materials, and ultimately with a humorous attitude and an open mind.
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