Having the familiar and skewing it in surreal ways, Felicia Chiao
illustrates painful human emotion by building visible representations of thoughts that can commonly only be skilled. Whether it be a area with no home windows or the dim bulbous personification of interior battle, the “Strange Pain” referenced all through the exhibition is evident.
Chiao’s autobiographical operate chooses to target on susceptible elements of what it means to be human. She produces worlds in which our concern, panic and despair seem as bodily as they feel. Specified this new actual physical kind, they are illustrated as amorphous blobs sitting on our laps pinning us down below the body weight of melancholy, as smothering anxiousness looming all-around the subsequent corner, and as a pit in our stomach when we can not obtain the enthusiasm to be effective as witnessed in Lamp Light, pictured previously mentioned.
Loneliness persists through this overall body of do the job, the artist works by using singular lights shone on her figures in the course of evening scenes and shadows cast through working day scenes to basically isolate them from the relaxation of their earth. Other folks are witnessed gazing as a result of their window at an outside the house earth that has develop into overseas to them, or having difficulties to discover the will to eat breakfast, these solitary beings locate them selves by yourself with their feelings.
Felicia Chiao states, “Strange Agony is about the compact, undefinable pains you at times really feel when practically nothing is specifically erroneous. It can appear as that ache you really feel from a sad music or that fleeting wave of despair that arrives above you though ready for water to boil. It can be the tightness in your upper body right before a social party or that obscure sense of guilt you sometimes get, even while you have finished absolutely nothing erroneous. Peculiar pains are hard to set into words but this human body of do the job does its best to examine them.”
Despite the at any time existing emotions of despair, there are also attractive moments that glow via and offer an optimistic outlook. A tree soaring out of a building towards the sunlight, lushly blooming flowers, and refrigerator magnets reminding the viewer that “Its ok”.