Chiu Chen Hung (Taiwan) was shortlisted for his work Daylighting, capturing a view through a window of an abandoned military base, dappled with foliage. Through a repeated process of polishing, carving, and mending, the artist conjures three-dimensionality from his materials.
What inspires you about archaeology for your artistic process?
It is my belief that many things we see or perceive in the world are either elaborate arranged or manipulated, we are being fed filtered information and no longer close to the truth. For me, archaeology is like digging out the logic and rules beyond what we see, in order to rediscover the world I live in.
What is the relevance of your materials?
In my work, I use a lot of materials that are “outside the concrete substance”, such as the wood chips that were scraped off when making sculptures, unknown potted plants, or concrete remnants… I call them “the materials that lack confidence.” In this work, I use the concrete and paste filler which are usually seen in construction sites, and carve on them. Visually, it seems to represent a wall cancer which coming from nowhere.