Announcing the Artists Selected for the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project “Fragile – Handle With Care”
I am happy to announce the selected artists for the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project. It has very difficult to decide the final five artists because we had so many good applications. I wish it were possible to invite many more artists to Cheng Long village to create their artworks. I really appreciate all of the time and effort artists put into submitting their applications and answering my many questions about their proposals.
These are the 2015 artists 2015獲選藝術家名單:
Christopehr Varady–Szabo – Australia(澳洲)
Christopher Varady-Szabo is from Australia but has been living in Quebec, Canada for over 30 years. Chris is an experienced nature artist and has studied architecture as well as having a Master’s degree in visual arts. He has done many residency projects in Canada as well as in France and Finland. This will be, I think, his first visit to Asia. Chris will create a “Living Landscape” in Cheng Long on top of a rolling cart made from bamboo and other found materials. Chris plans to put living plants of the Cheng Long area in this miniature eco-system on a cart that can be moved around to different sites in Cheng Long reminding us of the fragile environment that we need to handle with care.
Marisa Merlin – Italy（義大利）
Marisa Merlin is from the city of Padua, Italy, and she has done many public art and nature art projects in Italy and other countries in Europe. She also organizes and curates an international biennial exhibition of environmental art in her city of Padua. In Cheng Long Marisa will create an installation with sand bags, recycled cloth bags filled with soil, sand, shells, and plants, and the sand bags will be arranged to spell out in huge letters the word “EARTH”. She is also hoping to make some Chinese characters with her sand bag sculpture installation. In Western countries sand bags are commonly used to keep out flooding waters, and so this artwork will be symbolically protecting the fragile environment of Cheng Long.
Roger Rigorth – Switzerland（瑞士）
Roger Rigorth is from Saanen, Switzerland, and now lives in Munster, Germany. He is an experienced nature artist and has participated in many artist residencies in Europe, USA, Australia and Korea, but this will be his first time in Taiwan. Roger will create tall sculptures in the shallow water of the wetlands that will look like water bottles or maybe some giant abstract birds. He will use bamboo and other natural materials to create the huge water bottle forms. He calls this artwork “Water Core” and wants to bring attention to the importance of protecting water sources for all of life.
Roger Rigorth來自瑞士的薩能，現在居住在德國的明斯特。他是一位經驗豐富的自然藝術家，並且參與過歐洲、美國、澳洲和韓國等許多藝術駐村，但這應該是他第一次造訪台灣。Roger 將會在溼地淺水域中創作出形狀如水瓶或是抽象鳥類的大型創作。他會使用竹子和其他自然材料作為素材。他把本次的創作訂名為「水核心」，希望喚醒大眾注意：水是所有生命的源泉，務必要小心守護！
Tsuneo Sekiguchi（関口 恒男） – Japan（日本）
Tsuneo Sekiguchi is from Tochigi prefecture in Japan. He is an experienced international artist who has done residency projects in New Zealand and India as well as many places in Japan. Tsuneo was selected for the public art festival, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan three times in 2006, 2009 and 2012. He is very interested in the qualities of light, and for his Cheng Long artwork he will make a large boat out of bamboo, driftwood and other found materials. The boat will have a big white cloth sail, and he will put many recycled metal pans on this boat that each contain a mirror and some water to project rainbow images on the sail when the sun is shining. His “Rainbow Boat” will be created in the Temple Courtyard area in Cheng Long village where people can enjoy the sun and rainbows and think about the fragile environment that we should handle with care.
李朝倉Chao-chang Lee– Taiwan（台灣）
Chao-chang Lee is from Yunlin County and lives in the town of Shi-Luo, where he is creating an art project for local residents and visitors at an old army camp. After studying for his master’s degree in art at a university in Japan and living in Taipei, Chao-chang moved back to his home village and continues his international art career. Chao-chang is an experienced environmental artist and has participated in many international art residency projects in the USA, Hong Kong and in Taiwan. For his artwork in Cheng Long, Chao-chang will create a “Floating Dragon” in the wetlands made of bamboo and other natural and found materials that will move with the changing water currents to protect Cheng Long and bring attention to the fragile environment.
We congratulate these selected artists for 2015 and look forward to welcoming them soon to Cheng Long village.
Keep watching this Blog for more information about the artists and the artworks they will create in Cheng Long working with the elementary school children, villagers and volunteers.
Thanks again to all the artists who applied and we really appreciate your support of this project and hope you will apply again next year.
See you soon in Cheng Long,
Jane Ingram Allen, Curator