￭ 86-Eric Liao 廖翊丞
An illustrator / a textile artist who was born in Taipei. Media such as textiles are added on top of illustrations, turning them into textile art and apparel as an outcome. Discovering the possibilities of different textures and materials, conveying own’s feelings delicately with the use of vivid and colourful visual language as well as thorough presentation.
Concern about issues such as psychological healing, mental disorder, gender and identification, have been making art related to emotion, mental issue, self-exploration and sensory experience.
A representative series of artwork ‘Wonderland?’ was created in 2018. With a need to undergo long-term counselling because of neurosis, it drives me to a journey of in-depth self-exploration, to be aware of the correlation of art making, mental status and life experience.
In order to respond to the inner self who is always questioning about ‘Who am I’, keep reminiscing about childhood and looking for true and pure self before being socialized, as from the perspective of personality shaping in psychology.
Looking into the objects in the surroundings, toys and playground equipment, also kiddie drawings as back to early childhood in 1990s, being inspired by the vivid colors, irregular shapes and the instinctive lines observed in the drawings, drawing experiments were conducted by applying different media and techniques. A series of self-portrait is re-created with the visual language obtained from within, not only does it mark a milestone in self-exploration journey, connect the self in the past and now, but it also explores the possibilities of illustration as a form of art by applying the techniques such as embroidery, weaving and knitting.
Until now, the series ‘Wonderland?’ is still a focus of creation. Illustrations and textile art pieces would be developed from various perspectives so as to resonate with the repeatedly aroused argument and imagination towards the ideal mental world.