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Sketching Trees, Stating Trees: Oil Painting Creation Research by Lin Li-hsin
wounds of history
The environment of human growth is mostly bound up with trees. Not only do trees comprise rich and colorful history, but they also incarnate various allusions and legends that are widely remembered and recited. Witnessing the toil of the settlers’ reclamation, trees as a living history from which we are in a position to catch sight of ourselves while observing the interactive potential between the environment and time. My artistic creation applies mainly the skills of freehand brushwork and division. With impressionistic color patches together with expressionistic strokes, the diversity of trees is revealed and represented by varied assemblages of composition. In addition, whereas the physical shape of the depicted objects is oftentimes simplified, both form and color are carefully rearranged in the flat plane to create a certain amount of quantity. The main focus lies in the extended meaning, personal feeling, internal self, and the daily experience pertaining to trees. This is to unfold the inextricable relations between trees and lands, displaying the author’s love of nature and the land of Taiwan. The present M.F.A. thesis is divided into two series: 1. The Series of Vital Land: This series intends to express the relations between trees and lands. The topics involve single-seed junipers as one of the attributes of Taiwan, the persistent prune trees, and the golden shower trees around our surroundings. The paintings represent a combination between single-seed junipers and Mt. Jade, the spiritual symbol of Taiwan. This is to reveal the reciprocal relations between trees and lands, displaying the author’s care and concern for the symbiosis with nature. 2. The Series of Cherry Blossoms in the Wind: This series intends to probe into the background as well as the occurrence of Wushe Event. The words deriving from the historical facts are reconstructed as personal languages of painting, associating the reconstructed images with cherry blossoms, an emblem of Japanese colonial empire. By virtue of artistic representation, I aim to recall the wounds of history in hopes of the preclusion of future ferment and fratricidal tragedies from happening time and again. Only when we are capable of facing up to the cost we have paid for the invasions of foreign tribes can we amplify the scope of our historical perception, making the history of Taiwan one that encompasses the history of Taiwanese aborigines, cultures of diverse ethnic groups, and all the people living on the land of Taiwan. Keywords: Sketching trees, Landscape, single-seed junipers, Wushe Event, wounds of history
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