What is the relationship between our physical bodies and our experience with the external, cultural world? An artist conceptualizes this connection in a series of digital works of art that showcase her interior to the exterior.
The Taiping-based graphic artist Dorairolg is of Hakka descent, a subgroup of the Han Chinese people with no ancestral geographic home. In recent centuries, the Hakka have spread to southern China and Southeast Asia, but have largely retained a distinct language and cultural identity. Born as Hoi Ian Wong in Macau, the artist moved to Taiwan in 2015 to find a place where she felt less like an outlier.
Her latest work “Ngai” means “me” or “storyteller” in Hakka, and although she grew up immersed in this culture, her family never spoke the language and she never learned it. “Ngai” explores this feeling of limbo between traditions. “I want to use my identity as Hakka to start this story,” she said of the piece, which takes a cross section of its own profile to reveal multiple layers of flesh and muscle. A cavity in the center of the brain contains wispy willows framing a white bridge, with tiny human shapes climbing up and around synapses. The effect is both surprising and captivating.
Calling the serene alabaster edifice the “Lai Yin Bridge”, Dorairolg uses it to illustrate traditional Chinese philosophy of complementary opposites. “Yin hides south of the waters while yang shines north of the mountains. Where there is no sun, there is deep darkness.
Yin and yang are just one layer of meaning in “Ngai”. The sectional face has seven total strata leading to the peaceful interior view. Dorairolg says they represent the seven human emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, fear, love, disgust and lust, as well as the seven duhka of Buddhism: birth, aging, disease, death, association with the unloved, separation from ‘with the loved one. , and not to gain what is wanted.
Dorairolg studied communications design at Shih Chien University, but discovered a passion for digital 3D art after graduation. Experiments with realistic texture and pigmentation of human skin have led her to develop character faces that are so lifelike that they are difficult to distinguish from photographs.
In another piece titled “Moaning Illness,” the artist cuts her own face again, juxtaposing the strangeness of bare muscles, tissue and the eyeball on one side with the normality and soft skin of her. face and her hair on the other.
An additional digital render called a “Climbing Shoe” consists of an unidentified mass of fabric having the vague shape of a shoe. Tiny trees and a house cling to ridges and peaks of mountainous matter. The sole of the shoe incorporates the yin yang philosophy again with a dark, ambiguous hue at the front and a bright, glowing scene of pink houses and trees at the heel.
Yet another piece features a replica of Dorairolg in an oversized white dress, wearing an amorphous backpack with a texture somewhere between rock and the human organ.
The artist’s work is often visually disturbing yet contemplative. Her full collection of work is available on her website and on her Instagram account.
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