ARTIST | Grace Noh 盧妵鈴
(English version of the article is also available below)
“镜子就是一种乌托邦，因为它是一个非场所性的场所（a placeless place）。在镜子中，我看到自己存在于一个实际上自己并不存在的场所…….镜子是一个非真实的空间。但是，镜子也是一种异位，它确实真实的存在着。当我在镜子中看到自己的那一刻，镜子使得我与我占据的空间既真实又完全不真实。”——米歇尔福柯
“The mirror is like a utopia, since it is a placeless place. In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not… It’s an ‘unreal’ space. Also, the mirror is a heteropia as the mirror does exist in reality. It makes this place that I occupy at the moment when I look at myself in the glass at once absolutely real and absolutely unreal.”
- Michel Foucault (1926 – 1984)
Mirror is a fascinating object as Foucault, an influential philosopher of the twentieth century, has once said. It reflects light in a way that it presents what is existing in front of such manmade object, and yet, it is a peculiar object as it is impossible to touch beyond what it reflects beyond the flat solid surface. Whatever you see in the mirror is real, it exists in the world we all breathe in. You stand in front of the mirror and you not only see yourself in every great details, but also see what is around you. It solves one of the greatest human frustrations, not able to see ourselves directly; yet it does not change the fact that we cannot see ourselves without its help.
Such endless struggle without a definite resolution and a continuous question that triggers my thinking is what I perceive in any forms of art. My six years of academic study in Art History has begun with my personal interest to fulfill my curiosity in the unknown area of the sophisticated world of art. ‘What motivates artists to create such bodies of work? How did such art movements emerge for what and for whom? What is the universal element that makes artists create visual language through artistic philosophy?’ My focus was to learn and fill my head with new realization. After all, it’s always a thrilling process to gain knowledge.
However, even the fictional character, Victor Frankenstein, has realized after creating a monstrous creature with his own hands, knowledge comes with responsibility. Once knowledge and realization are gained, there is no way of going back to the blank slate of having no such experience. Could water be poured back into a broken jar?
While my study concentrates on interwar art, philosophy, film, and photography as well as various art movements thrived during disordered and chaotic times, I began to grasp that acquiring knowledge and fulfilling my curiosity were not enough to pursue my passion in art. There seems to be limited pleasure or satisfaction by keeping the learning within myself. As I see that art is not solely for the sake of creating art, I want to share and exchange artistic and intellectual ideas with others to give and receive influences with each other, that art is a way to connect one to another and motivates us in many aspects of our lives.
My approach of delivering and connecting messages the most meaningful way is through writings in the form of visual art, particularly through films. Films are like mirrors we look at but that do not necessarily reflect back ourselves. Films portray many different aspects of life that we feel connected and, sometimes, disconnected. Whether the unreal and yet real world the screen projects, they deliver something with emotions, speeches, music, colors, and so many more.
Creation is never created out of itself. Bees collect pollen and nectar from various flowers and later form their own creation, honey. Art is a continuous and endless process of connecting what is from the past, present, and to future. I hope to follow this versatile and yet temporal way of involvement in art as long as I can have a progressive influence on people.