Monxi Wu

b. Yunlin County, Taiwan, 1968. Lives in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

This series of ceramic sculptures were hand made in Raku clay, decorated by crackle glaze and slips, and fired at the temperature of 1100OC. It presents my curiosity for natural objects, especially botanic objects. Through utilising the contrasts between the relationship of interior and the exterior, I create a dialogue between spaces which reflects the dualistic concept of the Ying and the Yang from the Taoist philosophy. Yin and Yang originally derived from the observation of nature. It can be simply explained as notions of positive (Yang) and negative (Yin). Through the application of the dualistic thinking of the Yin and Yang, the contrasts lie within the texture, the spatial relations and the hues.

Monxi Wu completed a Doctor of Fine Art, School of Art, RMIT University in 2008, a Master of Fine Art, Tainan National College of the Arts, Tainan City, Taiwan in 2001, a Bachelor of Fine Art at National Taiwan Academy of Arts, Panchiao City, Taiwan in 1996 and is currently an Assistant Professor at Shu-Te University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

November 2011