UV print on metal, ceramics, shelf, plants｜Installation size｜2012-2018
A kind of potted plants in modified blue plastic drums can often be found in front of the neighbor’s doors back in my hometown. The distinctive industrial blue and boring plastic texture are a little bit out of place among traditional ceramic pots and brick-red plastic bowls. These plastic containers in diverse forms were originally used in factories to contain raw materials, wastes, lube oil, or half-finished products.
In Taiwan, the borders between industrial, agricultural, and communities and factories area have always been blurry, and communities and factories grow together; with the tradition of family factory, some unwanted plastic containers were often taken back by neighboring household, and turned into plant pots through the folk’s unusual gift of discovering new value in objects. This is a virtue where things are never wasted, but also displays the aesthetics of misuse.
When compromises in human feeling and social environment that is yet fully developed receive trivial compensations through these replacement containers, the plants that are deeply rooted in compromises in life will continue to thrive despite their lack of beauty and sophistication in the alleys as they take advantage of the surroundings.