Musa textilis
Taipei, Taiwan

Inspired on exquisite blossoms trees that have special significance in Asian culture as a symbol of feminine, beauty, delicacy and sexuality, besides of being a metaphor for the ephemeral nature, the body-pieces Coexistence, examines the relation of the human body with nature. Pieces where, sculpture, architecture, light and movement come together – On the serie, women emerge from a fragile translucent cocoon, as a second skin interposed between the light and the interior body enclosed, becoming part of nature. An installation which, in contact with the body, become an animated object as a provocation transmitted by the skin.

Coexistence explores the use of traditional and ancient crafts from Taiwan -handmade paper and basketry- as a medium to create delicate embroidered membranes. The use of natural fibers (musa textiles and kozo) incorporating symbolic elements, explores the space through the corporal experience of the people . The work is meant to be a thought-reflecting invitation towards new dialogues between human being and its own landscape.

The flower swells in the gentle breeze and bright sunlight
And gracefully opens, her bewitchingly attractive
Face looks up at the blue sky
She looks askance at the soil beneath her feet,
and flaunts the aesthetics she has always emphasized
In a perpetually warm climate, she announces
To the open fields: the so-called symbols
Are her petals and pistil
So-called purity is a ladder to heaven
Unsoiled and rising above the dirt (…)

Xiang Yang’s,“The Soil and the Flower» 泥土與花

x-studio : : Ivan Juarez
Curator: 周韵洳 Yun Ju Chou
Models: Hana Ting and Shang-Yi-Ting
fibers: Abaca fiber (musa textilis) and handmade Kozo fiber
Photo Trees: Prunus mume. Chinese plum, coix seed (Job’s Tear)
Project made with the support of THAV
Powered by THAV for Taipei Lantern Festival
Special Thanks to Travis Hung
Photographs: Ivan Juarez