ARTIST | Grace Noh 盧妵鈴

   Scene from   One Among Many  , 2015

Scene from One Among Many, 2015

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“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

二十世纪很有影响力的哲学家福柯曾经说过,镜子是一个迷人的物体。它反射光线呈现出面前物体的形态,然而你却无法触摸到映在这个平滑的固体表面里的东西。你看到的镜中物是真实存在的,它与你存在于同一个空间。站在镜前你可以看到自己身体的一切细节和你周围的环境。它解决了人类一个很大的困扰,那就是无法直接的看到自己;但它没有改变一个事实,那就是离开了它我们依旧无法看到自己。

像这样无休止的没有明确答案的争议和触发我思考的一系列问题是我从每一种形式的艺术中都能感受到的。我个人对复杂艺术世界里未知领域的好奇心开启了过去六年对艺术史的学术研究。“艺术家创作的动机是什么?艺术运动的出现是为了什么,又是为了谁?艺术家通过艺术哲学创造视觉语言的共性又是什么?“我总期望获得更多新的认识,毕竟获取知识是一个激动人心的过程。

然而,即使是像弗兰肯斯坦这样一个虚构的人物,在自己亲手创造了怪物之后,他意识到了知识伴随着责任。一旦获取了知识和感受,就没办法回到没有这些经验的空白中去了。好比覆水难收。

我的研究主要集中于两次世界大战期间的艺术,哲学,电影,和摄影,同时还有在那个无序而混乱时期的各种艺术运动。在研究中我发现,获取知识并填补我的好奇心并不够满足我对艺术的热情。单方面的学习带来的快乐和满足是有限的。我意识到艺术并不是单纯的为了创造艺术,我想要和他人分享和交流艺术的想法并彼此相互影响。艺术是一种彼此的连接, 这种连接可以在生活的多个方面引导和激励我们。

对我来说传递和连接信息的最有意义的方式是通过视觉艺术形式,特别是电影。电影就像镜子,当然我们看到的并不一定是自己的映射。电影描绘生活的多个方面,有时感觉与我们相关,有时不相关。不管屏幕映射出的是真实还是非真实世界,它都向我们传递了情感,宣言,音乐,色彩,和其他更多。

作品从来不是从自身中创造的。蜜蜂从各种花朵中采集花粉和花蜜,之后创造出蜂蜜。而艺术是连接着过去,现在和未来的持续的无休止的进程。我希望能够参与到当下这多样的艺术中去,为人们带来哪怕一点点积极的影响。


“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.

   Scene from   One Among Many  , 2015

Scene from One Among Many, 2015

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.