Using the common and skewing it in surreal approaches, Felicia Chiao
illustrates distressing human emotion by building visual representations of thoughts that can usually only be seasoned. Whether or not it be a space with no windows or the dim bulbous personification of internal struggle, the “Strange Pain” referenced all through the exhibition is evident.
Chiao’s autobiographical get the job done chooses to concentration on vulnerable factors of what it suggests to be human. She results in worlds in which our dread, stress and melancholy look as physical as they come to feel. Given this new actual physical sort, they are illustrated as amorphous blobs sitting on our laps pinning us down below the bodyweight of depression, as smothering panic looming about the up coming corner, and as a pit in our abdomen when we can not discover the determination to be successful as noticed in Lamp Light, pictured above.
Loneliness persists throughout this entire body of do the job, the artist works by using singular lights shone on her figures during evening scenes and shadows solid throughout day scenes to fundamentally isolate them from the relaxation of their globe. Other folks are seen gazing as a result of their window at an exterior environment that has become international to them, or struggling to find the will to take in breakfast, these solitary beings discover by themselves on your own with their ideas.
Felicia Chiao states, “Weird Pain is about the modest, undefinable pains you from time to time feel when very little is particularly completely wrong. It can appear as that ache you experience from a unhappy music or that fleeting wave of despair that will come over you whilst ready for drinking water to boil. It can be the tightness in your upper body in advance of a social function or that vague perception of guilt you in some cases get, even although you’ve done absolutely nothing improper. Unusual pains are tough to set into words but this human body of function does its most effective to discover them.”
In spite of the at any time current inner thoughts of despair, there are also attractive times that glow by means of and present an optimistic outlook. A tree rising out of a creating toward the solar, lushly blooming bouquets, and refrigerator magnets reminding the viewer that “Its ok”.