"Tao & Empress
For the last 800 years, Jinxi has been called “Chen’s
Tomb.” Empress Chen who died tragically was buried in the lake in front of PCCA. A temple and tomb for
Empress Chen was built in this place — which has the best position in favor of fengshui
– as an important figure who was closely connected to the emperor.
I feel the soul of Empress Chen sways by and drifts
through rivers and lakes that spread into this water village. I somehow believe that she inherited
the role as the water dragon of this land thanks to the favorable
I considered the image of Empress Chen might be closely related to
Taoism. The concept of creation combined the sense of
flow from natural energy and comprehend the image of
Empress Chen from various Chinese theories of life: I-Ching, the Eight
Immortals, Midheaven/Land of the Immortals (壷中天)、Thirty-six
Grottoes (三十六洞庭), etc.
In this very work, I use some ashes and broken tiles of the temple built for Empress Chen, and the sprit of a woman singing on a ship as two major
elements. I wish to encounter Empress Chen through drifting in various forms , and leaving
traces of her existence in our mind.