Installation (Video, 6 Gypsum Sculptures with Aurora Calcite, Clear Quartz, Garnet, Gibbsite, Kyanite, Laser Quartz)
HKBU AVA MA Graduation Show 2023 “Eccentric” | Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
English poems edited by Ishan Tse
With the lost memories
Struggling in pain
Manifest the shedload of souls
“Fragmentation 在記憶殘骸中升起的⋯⋯” is an art practice-led research project. The project adapts an autoethnography approach to research, reveal and recreate the artist Deville Dewil’s major life themes through the exploration of her dreams, and thus situating her experiences and bringing the life themes to a social context through the creation of the final installation artwork of a series of hand sculptures with natural minerals and videos of her Chinese poems. The different hands posture and the poems try to stimulate and provoke deep feelings and developing connections among audience and the artist.
Each hand sculpture is associated with a poem of particular life themes. The full length of the poem video is 3hours and 30minutes. After each poem shown in the video, the poem will become a light sphere, moving around and finally light up the respective sculpture.
The long durational video allows audience to sit at the other side of the artwork, slow down their speed, read the poems and think about themselves and their own life themes.
At the core of our humanity lies the intricate tapestry of emotions and experiences that shape our existence. What makes us human is our capacity to feel pain, navigate through struggles, and confront despair with unwavering resilience. These heart-wrenching moments, though agonizing, are integral to our growth and transformation. Just as a shattered bone heals stronger, our spirit mends and evolves, emerging as a new self.
The ebb and flow of life’s challenges punctuates our journey, each trial a chapter in the story of our humanity, as if the story tells by each struggling, changing, and raising hand sculpture. The depth of our emotions, from heartbreak to euphoria, binds us to one another, forging connections that transcend time and circumstance. Through shared experiences, we find solace and camaraderie, acknowledging the universality of our struggles.
Ultimately, it is in our ability to rise above adversity, to heal, and to cultivate personal growth that the essence of being human truly resides. Our collective journey is a testament to the power of the human spirit, a relentless force that propels us forward even in the face of life’s most daunting trials.
Would it be emptiness or freedom that remain
When sanity and justification start to fade
The deprived truth
Shall always be buried
Piercing through our hearts
Crucifying our bodies
But yet failed to be understood
Offering their hearts
Being seen is their only wish
Why hast thou been born in the worst of times
Dear God, ‘tis my only wish
For my prayer
To be heard
Crafted the alleged body of perfection
Solely tore them to shreds
Returned to the Earth
To be crafted as human again
Droplets of blood seared through my skin
Crepuscular rays shine between my fingertips
‘Tis when I pray for the light
There shall be light
Blinded by the murky mist
Seeking through the aura
Shall Heaven be seen
Once in a lifetime shall The Pearly Gates open
A glimpse is all it takes
Rising from the fragments of memories
Pierced by the shattering pieces
Blood flooding across the land
May the stone be returned to the Earth
Shall the aurora soars the sky again
Blessed be the glacier
As thou’st been purified