Su Yu-Xin (b. 1991, Hualien) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, in 2016, and currently lives and works in Taipei and Shanghai. Her paintings are the compressed output of her impressions of multiple soundtracks, time zones, and screens, expressed through still-lifes, graphics, landscapes, and even fragmented information and memories. At a time when the projected impressions of objects have become more abundant than objects themselves, her paintings aim to depict what she calls “Parallel Impressionism,” a hybrid of multiple perceptions.
The works in this exhibition revolve around the multiple temporalities and perceptions that are rendered into landscape paintings. Each piece from the four series featured depicts a different type of landscape, demonstrating the varied possibilities of the cartographic form.
The series “Every Day About This Time” presents images of the sea the artist has collected online. These images show fragments of the five oceans, at sunrise or sunset, in rain or shine. Through painting, these second-hand images are translated into first-hand experience, embodying multiple geographical locations compressed into a single moment. Meanwhile, the pieces Moon Passes By and Moon Drapes Eye present viewers landscapes where multiple chronologies share space. In three works from “The Surface Time” series, the artist depicts images of a broken clock with hand- mixed paint made using minerals, plant extracts, and shells. These paintings represent an area defined by the movements of a clock’s minute hand in the present, the traces of time the image refers to, and the time it took to create the piece. In Sky is an Hourglass #2, the negative spaces of the water and sky resonate with each other, and serve as the main structure of the composition, which adopts the form of Albrecht Dürer’s Dimensions of a Spiral as a means to allow the static landscape to hold the passage of daylight like an hourglass.