Jan-Ru Wan uses different garment forms to reflect the human condition in society. The fragment of garments is the implication of the human body, and how we carry materials in both metaphorically and literally ways.
In the work, Written: Erased, Wan uses rigid shirts to reflect the way individuals try their best to make a mark in history only to be shaped and controlled by others more powerful encouraging conformity. They are stifled by the weight of history and the hierarchy, unable to take flight or change their prospective path. Notions of this fight to write and not be erased are woven throughout the entire piece, from the sweeping curves of the shirts ending in rigid uniformity to the stacks of books that firmly hold them in place.
In a society that privileges certain individuals over others, Wan’s installation work strives to represent the forgotten, misrepresented or those potentially erased from history. Her use of everyday materials that are often cast off as debris, has associations to these groups and even examines the use of more traditionally accepted art media and the associations that are connected to them. Through her material choices, the erased are represented and elevated for discussion and recognition.
Wan’s Taoist beliefs have taught her to respect the cycles of life and to understand that all of life’s shifts and upheavals are just part of a natural phenomenon. This view is reflected in her suspension installations, which are not meant to pass judgment but rather serve to present the state of the situation.
- A reception will be held with small food and drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Written: Erased will be on display Jan. 22, 2020 through March 27, 2020, at the Block Gallery located at 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
- This event is free and open to the public.