楊茂林 Mao-Lin Yang
For many years, through art creation, I have endeavored to express my opinion on contemporary cultural, environmental, societal, historical and political developments. In my younger days, to assert my value as an artist I was constantly critical of mainstream ideology. Now, as I reach middle age, I am trying to create art in a more open, humorous, yet in-depth way. I wish to take on the cultural characteristics that people have taken for granted in Taiwan and to reconsider their existence. Art has always been my right of speech, however, as we evolve through changes in society, my state of mind has also transformed. Now, rather than being confrontational, I have developed many alternative ways of thinking and expression. The forms, content, and ideology of my creation simultaneously evolved to a new phase after I changed my perspective on art. Art creation is what I love the most in life. The forms of creation may be constantly changing, but never have they failed to respond to the themes of my identity, my experiences, and my land.