|1. In what ways does your gender inform your work?|
take the position as a human being rather than a feminist when I work. Gender
issue is included but not limited in my works. You can see my other art works
in my homepage: http://www.cyman.net/ |
A lot of my works are about self exploration and my daily life. Therefore inevitably they included some woman experience like having period, being sexually harrassed and how others treated me as a woman. These are the sources of my art.
|2. You mention that paper cuts were traditionally made by women. Is that what drew you to the form for this theme? What other media have you been working with lately?|
|Yes, it is one of the sources. Another
source is that I did some writing. I tried to rewrite my own stories about sexual
Later on, I thought of how to deal with the writing. I would like to transform the paper to express my ideas, release emotion and imagination. I also transformed the paper cutting to an animation.
Another series of work I am working on is about Psychogeography and public art. http://www.cyman.net/psychogeography.htm
|3. Your work deals with issues surrounding sexual assault. In what ways is fine art a good means for engaging with such serious, sensitive issues, compared with other types of media?|
|To some extent, sex is
still a taboo in many societies. Sexual assault is a criminal act and survivals
have to go through a long way to recovery. It is a social problem and a cultural
issue. As you say it is a serious and sensitive issue. |
"Personal is political." During the process of making art, I can know myself and the topic better. I can see the flow of one's inner feelings and emotion; a revisit of one bad memories; the expression of one's point of view; confront the misconceptions and the regain the power of one's own. I think fine arts is a good way for self exploration. It seems that the works express personal stories and my own personal point of view. I think I can share it with others because others might have the same experience. The art works also offer additional information and challenge to question some value system and belief of some people. Discussion are invited.
|4. Another issue your work brings up is the ongoing fear and suspicion of men that victims of sexual assault experience. Are you concerned that the portrayals of men as potential aggressors - as wolf heads, or hand snakes - perpetuate unfounded fears at the same time as they draw attention to genuine ones?|
facing stressful event, it is a very human way to develop some kind of coping
strategies in order to maintain a balance and health set of mind and self. From
one extreme of reaction is the extensive reliance on avoidance strategies, pretending
that nothing harmful had been happened in the survivor's living world. But the
suppression of one's own thought has no place in the process of recovery. In contrast,
when the survivor feels confidence that resources and supports are available in
her community, she has greater chance to recover from the posttraumatic stress
and endless nightmares.|
We should never deny that rapists do exist. However, wolf heads and hand snakes appeared only in some part of my work. In "RH: Foot", men can be victims also. In "RH: Shout", men can be helpers. On the whole, at the bottom of the heart, it is the message of building a harmonious relationship between different sexes and a desire of mutual respect that the artist wants to include.
|5. Is Artist's life related to her/his art?|
|For me, the material of art comes from my life. Art is also one of the means of my self expression. Art history, art and cultural theories are also my source of inspiration.|
|我用的紙是再生紙(Recycled Paper) ，配合我的作品「重寫歷史」。作品最初是文字創作http://www.cyman.net/RW/stories.pdf ，我以正面方法重寫自己與及一些受害者的故事，目的在組織思想、反映現實，並希望做到一些思考模式的轉變。這部分完成後，我看著這些紙(文稿)，想到用剪紙方法去釋放感覺、負面情緒和想像力，剪紙是眼到手到的直接表現形式，很適合做這件事。發掘紙的可能性和表現力是我感興趣的事情，如何將2D的東西變3D, 如何改變紙的質感，正負空間的運用，紙和框的關係等。|
|6. What is the meaning of paper for your art?|
|I used recycled paper to make my work "Rewriting History". Recycled and rewriting, the meaning is obvious. Originally, I used paper to rewrite my stories and I looked at the paper and thought of how to deal with it. I thought I could transform it and used it to release my emotion. Therefore I developed the paper cutting series. Besides, I am also interested to explore the possibilities of paper, e.g. how to make the 2D paper to 3D, the relationship of the frame and the paper, positive space and negative space and also different form and texture of the paper.|
|7. How to develop your early installation work to the recent work?|
I think I do not have much change. It is all starting from myself and use theories and exploring art form to develop the works.
8. To attract people's awareness of the social issue, what is the difference of using installation art and news reporting?
|I think news reporting is more rational and objective. Art can release one's own feeling and provide an imaginative space. Interactive installation can provide some special experience for the audience through their involvement in the art work. News reporting uses reasoning method to convince others. Arts use experiencing method to make audience feel something. The methods are different and can also create impact.|
|9. The writing version mentioned the victims' stories. Could you please talk more about it?|
|I choose to talk about these
five stories is because each of them have something to say.|
"Bee bu bee bu" is about a child story. Children are usually target of sexual assault.
"Apply for children identity card" explained perpetrator usually went to children gathering place to find their target.
" Can't avoid …" talks about the space of the architecture.
"What a lovely boy!" emphasized the role of the witness.
" Fetish of big foot" mentioned a male victim's story and the society always think men can't be victims.
1. 內在衝動: 犯罪者想性接觸受害者。
2. 克服道德感: 犯罪者能克服自己的良心責備、克服受法律制裁的恐懼，找到各樣借口為自己開脫。例如有露體狂說讓女人看自己的陽具，是明益她們。
Finkelhol, D. (1984) Child Sexual Abuse: New theory and research. NY: The Free Press.
|10. Could you please talk about your view of sexual assault?|
think the propaganda for the prevention of sexual crime is always targeting on
women. Focus should also be put on the offenders. There are other causes of sexual
assault. According to Finkelhor (1984), there are 4 pre-conditions for the perpetrators
to commit crime.|
Pre-Condition 1. The potential sexual abuser must have some motivation to have sexual contacts with the victim.
Pre-Condition 2. The potential abuser must overcome his or her own inhibitions against illegal sexual activity, e.g. find excuses not to trouble the conscience or not fear of punishment.
E.g. Benefit women by making them see his penis.
Pre-Condition 3. The opportunity to engage in sexual activity with the victim arise, e.g. the victim is alone, drunk, unconscious or the abuser is able to exercise some kind of control on the victim or it is the packed public transport and people's body contact is unavoidable, offenders has secure settings like private space in which they could conduct the assault uninterrupted.
Pre-Condition 4. The resistance of the victim to the sexual activity must be overcome. The potential abuser usually looks for shy girls or innocent children or he is able to persuade the victim (through threatening, begging or make confusion) not to report the offense.
I think it is normal for people to have sex desire (pre-condition 1). However, some people commit crime but some do not is based on the pre-condition 2. For this area, I think it is the responsibility of the family and the society to promote a mutual respect culture. For pre-condition 3, it is related to space, the designer of city and architectural space should have awareness to build a safer space. For pre-condition 4, I think we should have better education and make the society well informed of this kind of crime and prevent it happened.
|11. "Rewriting History: Mirror" is like a womb, 2 women give birth to a woman. It seems that the world does not need man anymore.|
|The idea of "Rewriting History: Mirror" comes from my reflection. You can read the details here. http://www.cyman.net/RW/paper/mirror.html The mirror image symbols reflection. It is not about womb and I never think of making men not exist anymore. I hope the perpetrator can stop commit crime themselves and I hope male and female can come together to fight against the crime. I wish there is more mutual respect between the both sexes. It is no use to erase men.|