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The same river twice

 The same river twice. Water residues on glass. 2016.


Water is a flowing element. It is connected metaphorically to memory and identity. Heraclitus said “No man can cross the same river twice, because neither the man or the water will be the same”.

The Tzengwen River, Tainan's longest river, flows through Chiayi Country and Tainan for 130 km. People have lived along it banks for far longer than history records. They have profited from bountiful harvest nourished by it waters and fertile soils. Due to the different types of soils the river has many different colors among it length. Dams and channels have change the body and history of this river. It is a perfect example of the idea of the river as a metaphor of the organic and mutable character of memory.

My project is divided in two phases.

During the first one I chose five spots along the river and picked water up from them. The color and composition of every sample of water is different. After that I started working on some drawings on glass with this water.

To do this drawing I drawn first on paper with ink and brush. Then I scanned the drawing to make a template. I stuck it to the glass. And I poured the water over them I let it evaporate for several days. Ones the water goes away, the residues of the water leaves stains on the glass but the areas protected by the templates remain clean.

 

The same river twice. Water residues on glass. 2016.

The same river twice. Water residues on glass. 2016.

The same river twice I. Water residues on glass. 50 x 70 cm. 2016.

The same river twice II. Water residues on glass. 20 x 29 cm. 2016.

The same river twice III. Water residues on glass. 20 x 29 cm. 2016.

The same river twice IV. Water residues on glass. 20 x 29 cm. 2016.

The same river twice V. Water residues on glass. 20 x 29 cm. 2016.

The same river twice VI. Water residues on glass. 20 x 29 cm. 2016.

The same river twice VII. Water residues on glass. 20 x 29 cm. 2016.

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