Chi Yu-Wen's Water Fairies Reproduction Project 20014-2015 MOA

Upon entering this white ethereal space of flowing paper shapes draped from ceiling to floor a sense of magic prevails. A slight whisper of "wind" gently moves the all white "invisibles" throughout. The color white is symbolic of the virgin, purity or yang and the colour of ancestral spirits, death and ghosts. This is all paper, gauze and light. Both meditative and ghostly we sense transformation is in the air. We enter, slowing down, becoming quiet to experience a presence of otherness.

The paper cut outs are of lightweight card stock. Each shape possibly die cut. Both the positive and the negative spaces of the cut outs are employed. Their shapes are playful, figurative and delicately come alive to the slight movement of air. A lighter softer paper hangs from the entrance ceiling, it has been washed with a translucent glimmering white paint, suggesting clouds folded within themselves, perhaps caressing a misty mountain region or tall skyscrapers. As one walks further you are welcomed by a chamber of sorts, within this space a round cream rug is centered within. You are beckoned to come inside, meditate, pray or simply be closer to the spirits.

The lighting throughout is white except for three lights that cast a blue glow onto the "spirits". Uncertain as to why, there is no suggestion of a transition other than its striking beauty, the blueness appears suddenly then just as quickly, disappears. Not all is revealed to us mortals in this mysterious world of shadows, even the artists statement is tucked behind the work, almost entirely hidden for it not a open "window" to encounter it. Lastly we come to a column of spirits overflowing upward like a fountain spraying life out. The yin to the yang, a groom for a bride.

We encourage you to view this intriguing exhibition of seven Taiwanese artists, titled (In)visible The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art at the Museum of Anthropology UBC held until April 3, 2016