S H A O
P O R T F O L I O 2015_2018
S H A O
I was born in a small coastal town in Taiwan in 1992. After completing a BFA in film and graphic communication, I started to work on several personal projects, aiming to explore different mediums and develop my own visual language.
A C U LT U R A L I N V E S T I G AT I O N O F TA I WA N
AWA K E I N M Y D R E A M
ONEâ€™S OWN ROOM
S C E N E RY O F T H E B O D Y
A RT J O U R N A L
2018 | Pencil, Digital Art A 24-page picture book for children and adults. The story is about a little crow, Blacky, who falls in love with one of the blossoms when he sees cherry blossoms up-close in spring for the first time in his life.
The project aims to explore how to use visual language and storytelling to express my perception of an untranslatable Japanese term mono-no-aware, which refers to the bittersweet realization of the impermanence of life, helping people reach more of an acceptance of the transience and hence become more sensitive to beauty in everyday life.
MUTE DIALOGUES 2018 | Digital Photography | 8*12 Inches, each
“Given the profound flaws of our memory and the unreliability of its self-revision, it’s unsurprising that the fear of forgetting would be an enormous source of distress for us.” (Alain de Botton & John Armstrong, 2013)
I put two photos I took in different times in each frame intuitively, intending to explore two subjects. One is the interconnected relationship between photography and memory. The other is how memories affect my perception of the present.
A C U LT U R A L I N V E S T I G AT I O N O F TA I W A N
2018 | Collage Illustration On Paper | 39*27 cm *3
The project aims to explore the relationship between personal experience, culture and national identity. 08
The illustration consists of three layers, including history, geography and sociology which present three different aspects of my home country, Taiwan. These layers could be seen separately, yet they some how interconnect with each other as well. Regarding history, I use various colonial-era names of Taiwan as well as documents relating to key events in the history of democratization in order to reflect my question and confusion about national identity in this day and age. I chose to place Taiwan's image horizontally instead of vertically as I hope to overcome the conservative viewpoint and offer a new perspective to the audience. Pictures of people from different backgrounds and a wide variety of cultural images aim to present toleration and diversity in Taiwanese culture.
AWAKE IN MY DREAM 2018 | Live Art | 20min | Exactly the Space, Taipei Role: Performer & Video Installation Artist
A work consists of exploratory performances, events and installations staged by a group of artists from diverse art backgrounds, aiming to present a dream-like state of mind.
Still Photographer: Wei-Liang Wang
2018 | Video Installation | 3min | Exactly the Space, Taipei
Stills from the video
ONE’S OWN ROOM 2018 | Pencil, Digital Art
“It is much more important to be oneself than anything else.Do not dream of influencing other people...Think of things in themselves.” - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own A commissioned graphic design project for an online lifestyle writer and reviewer, Han.
The process of becoming oneself seems like growth of a flower for me.
Both flowers and humans need sapce and time to grow at their own pace.
SCENERY OF THE BODY 2017 | Pencil, Charcoal on Paper
The project is inspired by my trips to Japan in 2016 and 2017. I was deeply impressed by Japanese perceptions of the transience and imperfection of life, which could be found in the way they appreciate nature, especially cherry blossom viewing, as well as in the mundane details of everyday life.
Sakura, 100*52 cm
Smokiness, 26*26 cm Drowning, 27*39 cm Black Hole, 23*29 cm
Wabi-sabi, 42*57 cm An Isolated Island, 27*39 cm Waiting For the Bloom, 30*30 cm Before Winter Flies, 27*39 cm
Travel Photography 2017, Niigata 2016, Ueda 2016, Tokyo 20
2015 | Fiction | 17min | Mandarin Chinese | DCP Role: Production Designer & Graphic Designer The story is about a man, who has been getting writer's block after breaking up with his girlfriend, and his strange neighbor on the last day of the year.
The director and scriptwriter intended to depict a kind of lonely atmosphere in the city and the transience of life, so I used many objects, such as dead fish, plants and an impressionist painting, as metaphors to present the idea of ageing and passing time.
Still Photographer: Ruei-Hsuan Chung 22
Regarding color planning, dark green and red are two main colors, which presents the man and his neighbor, respectively. The two colors are complementary and they kind of convey the characters' personality and the state of mind.
Promotional Bookmark Design, 5*15 cm *2
2017-2018 | Pencil, Charcoal on Paper
ART JOURNAL 2017-2018
Needle Pen, Colour Pencil on Paper
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