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On the Road, 2017, oil on linen, 255 × 180 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Golden Horse, 2017, oil on linen, 219 × 168 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Arranged Flowers by Pressure, 2020, oil on linen, 150 × 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

HSU Yin-Ling

The Sixth Genre: Beast Mimic/Torured Beastnoid

My subject matter has always been focusing on human behaviors and mental states, and these observed persons are the exact reflection of our existence in society. Every behavior is itself a vindication of “Someone’s” existence. I transform these emotions, behaviors, and mental states into varied elements, and then superimpose them on my created character. The scene in my works is taken from some everyday fragments through a process of exaggeration, while the collaged elements in the scene are taken from fragmented memories that once ran past our mind. Marrying the two parts is to spark a distance that is both in proximity to reality and yet inscrutable to common sense. I hope that any spectator, while standing in front of these images that always seem to be immersed in fatigue, they will re-experience the moments they have experienced and rethink about the world, because of our inveterate proclivity in acting out our instrumentality to complete our society and in forgetting the quintessence of being itself.


Born in 1987 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Hsu Yin-Ling currently lives and works in Taipei. Her works have exhibited at such venues as Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum, and Asian Arts Biennale. Hsu’s recent solo exhibitions include: Side Wall at Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei (2017); All Happy Returns at Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong (2015). Group exhibitions include: White Darkness, Space K, South Korea (2020); Art Basel Hong Kong: Encounters sections, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, (2018); West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai, China, (2017); And Now There are All -Mystery Cases in Contemporary Art, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung (2017).