2021.Mar.6 (Sat.) ~ Apr.4 (Sun.)
The fragility of porcelain is seemingly obvious, but can the fragility of the human heart also be seen?
In this exhibition, artist Yang Zong-Jia uses his personal life experience as the starting point of his sculpture. Since his childhood, he has been conscious of the inner world within his mind, feelings, senses, and body throughout the years and uses it to construct as his sculpture’s main constitute. He uses the characteristics of the media to display the incompetence of the young and the harmlessness of the adults.
Yang Zong-Jia’s sculptures have two main elements that serve as the keys to self-exploring his identity: porcelain dolls and sex toys. Under the delicate, the porcelain doll bears the death of his twin sibling and depicts the strong sense of powerlessness against the vicissitudes at a young age. The shape of the doll reveals his identity of the twin, where the porcelain is white and pure, like that of a new life, but is prone to cracks and requires extreme care, reflecting the fragility of life and vulnerability of the mind. Asides from twins, Yang Zong-Jia also shapes the role of self-projection in the process of his upbringing. The images of the dolls, however, seemed to be associated with gender expression that reflects on the cultivation of boys and girls by society, where the vulnerability of his self-identity is then manifested externally in his delicate artworks. Sex toys, on the other hand, imply the arrival of puberty. As a pacifier is a pursuit and satisfaction of desires to a baby, the nature of sex toys, dealing with human sexuality and desires, is no different.
In the work “Twinkle-Twinkle”, Yang Zong Jia intends to express the emotional vulnerability of a sensitive heart using the brittle, yet sparkling, appearance of the porcelain doll, making care and effort a kind of healing for the vulnerable generation.
The two works “Bear I” and “Bear II” embody the childhood memories of toys, where a child pins their hopes and aspirations upon. The teddy bear itself has no gender attributes, nor does the undeveloped body of a child. Each individual tries to find belongingness in the spectrum of qualities.
The failings of different time periods reveal the incompetence in each period. What remains unchanged is the inability to combat the cruelty of the real world. The artist creates using the hard-to-shape porcelain clay, and repeatedly sculps the delicate and fragile material in his hands, crystallizing the inner soul in his lifetime.
Yang Zong-Jia overview
Yang Zong-Jia, born in 1992 in Taiwan and studied at Tainan National University of Arts, major in Material Arts and Design before earning his Masters in Applied Arts from Tainan National University of Arts Graduate Institute. Yang Zong-Jia is skilled in ceramics, fiber, and multimedia combination of sculptures and installations. He won the gold prize of the 9th National Art sculpture awards in 2019, the first prize of the 6th NEXT ART TAINAN Awards in 2019, the first prize of the 3rd Taiwan Young Pottery Artist Award in 2017 and was collected by Sunpride Foundation and HCG.
“Moment of Disobedience”, Mizuiro Workshop, Tainan, Taiwan
Arts Residency solo exhibition, Shanghai Art & Design Academy, Shanghai, China
“The Invisible Dimensions”, Aglow Art Space, Tainan, Taiwan
“Pink longing: YANG Zong-Jia Solo exhibition”, diida ART BOX, Taipei, Taiwan
“Angels of sex” , Lalaland, Arkansas, USA
“Bailang Tao-Tao Solo exhibition of YANG Zong-Jia”, Art B12, Changhua, Taiwan
“Small Star Burning Bright”, YIRI ARTS, Taichung, Taiwan
“Healing body theory”, SHIN KONG MITSUKOSHI Tainan Fun Centre Art corner, Tainan, Taiwan
“O2&CO2”, Mizuiro Workshop, Tainan, Taiwan