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Megaptera novaeangliae, 2019, embroidery thread, canvas, plastic Bowl, Ø 45 cm. Private Collection. Photo by CHEN Sheng-Wen.



their birth in grief, but not ashes, 2019, wood boards, iron, iron web, wool, discard fishing net, 1210 × 250 × 230 cm, Courtesy of YIRI ARTS. Photo by CHEN Sheng-Wen.



their birth in grief, but not ashes, 2019, wood boards, iron, iron web, wool, discard fishing net, 1210 × 250 × 230 cm, Courtesy of YIRI ARTS. Photo by CHEN Sheng-Wen.



their birth in grief, but not ashes, 2019, wood boards, iron, iron web, wool, discard fishing net, dimensions varaiable. Courtesy of YIRI ARTS.



Chaetodon ornatissimus, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic package, Ø 25.5 cm. Private Collection.



Cheilinus undulates, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic, Ø 25.5 cm. Private Collection.



Neophocaena phocaenoides, 2017, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic, Ø 25.5 cm. Private Collection.



Uca formosensis, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, disposable tableware, plastic, Ø 25.5 cm. Private Collection.



Dermochelys coriacea, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, fishing net, Ø 40.6 cm. Private Collection.



Anampses caeruleopunctatus, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic mat, Ø 33 cm. Courtesy of YIRI ARTS.



Manta birostris, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, bottle cap, Ø 23 cm. Private Collection.



Paguroidea, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic bottle, Ø 20 cm. Private Collection.



Orcinus orca, 2018, embroidery thread and canvas, disposable tableware, Ø 25.5 cm. Private Collection.



Sousa chinensis taiwanensis - Dragon, 2020, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic dish, Ø 31.5 cm. Private Collection.



Sousa chinensis taiwanensis - Phoenix, 2020, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic dish, Ø 31.5 cm. Courtesy of YIRI ARTS.



Physeter macrocephalus, 2020, embroidery thread and canvas, rubber, Ø 45 cm. Courtesy of YIRI ARTS.



Cheilopogon unicolor, 2020, embroidery thread and canvas, plastic, Ø 30 cm. Courtesy of YIRI ARTS.



Sphyrna zygaena, 2020, embroidery thread and canvas, sole, Ø 31.5 cm. Courtesy of YIRI ARTS.




CHEN Sheng-Wen

The Fourth Genre: Laboratory/Operating Room/Specimen Room



It is a world of coexistence.

On Earth, all forms of life coexist in sharing and in conflict. The balance between demand and supply becomes unequal. Civilized society creates an infinite cycle of production, manufacturing, and over-consumption, leaving behind the wastes, which are like unbearable scars on the natural environment.

All kinds of wastes collected in the mountains and on seashores become materials in the artwork. The repetitive laboring nature of embroidery and weaving, combined with the gestural representations of Taiwan's endemic species, the work not only reveals the neglected land scars but also attempts to mend the interdependent and entangled relationship between humankind and the environment. In which, a silent two-way conversation is made possible in both contemporary development and natural ecology. In this work, the body part of animals and insects are all made up of fragments, and the skillful collage of different materials seems to coexist peacefully; however, they are all traces of wounds and evidence of the destruction of the Earth.

While presenting the natural environment's struggle with all the poor conditions, this work also reminds us gently that this is a world of coexistence.

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Born in Taichung in 1993. Currently lives and creates in Taipei. Graduated from Department of Visual Communication Design, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. Worked as assistant, designer, and educator, and explores the relationships between development and destruction, and waste and renewal, through cross-role engagement and empathetic thinking. Participated in many beach and mountain cleaning activities, gradually nurturing and realizing personal beliefs through the changes of contemporary natural environment, as well as the ability to influence changes in people. Held solo exhibitions As Dead as a Dodo and their birth in grief, but not ashes.