The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
– William Blake, The Lilly.
When it comes to the removal of richness, lust and the aggressive... Though it seems the pollen of lily and the clothing/textiles should be totally incompatible, the aritsit conversely placed the collected stamens from thousands of lilies in a spotless clothing store. Its glamorous appearance along with widespread petals, rich aroma, tantalizing spots and half-bent figure - showing its craving for love. Lily, it represents home, it represents motherhood, or years of memories in the living room. Assembling such emotions and memories, yet it has become consumptive merchandise solely under the manipulation of the commercial market. Massive amounts of lilies have been sold as gifts or decorations. Sometimes they look elegant, sometimes they look tawdry. Stamens, which have been removed intentionally in order to keep their freshness, stacking up behind people’s memories tranquilly. The artist Hao-Jhe Liao collected those force-removed stamens and take them as a method and tool. He observes and portrays the motivation behind human behavior and the response, re-evaluating what has been ignored. He presents the smell, colours and forms, which could disappear in a blink, through an aggresive and unexpected way that intrigue the viewers. (extracted from the exhibition statement)
Lily, Lily, Human doing
An exhibition by floral artist Hao-Jhe Liao
2016.12.17 - 2017.01.08
台中市西區中興四巷4號 (No.4, Zhongxing 4th Ln., West Dist., Taichung City)