The relationship between human beings and nature has never been a constant state. Before human beings thought that they could control nature, nature was a gift and also a horror. Later, when modern society was formed, human beings were gradually separated from nature. Humans redefined nature and even changed nature. Finally, we even created nature. The artist takes “terrarium” as the work’s title, suggesting that the entire space is a huge man-made space.
The entire floor is covered with pear branches, which are the “wastes” produced during the grifting process. Usually, they would be discarded. However, we purchase the branches from farmers, collecting and reusing them. Grafting is also a technique which is used for intervening in nature, and these pear branches laid on the ground are reminiscent of the bark that is commonly used in gardening landscapes for protecting soil, preventing weeds, and decoration. Grafting waste these natural beings that have been taken away by humans are now becoming part of the "artificial nature."
Pineapple-shaped bonsais, made of lucky bamboo, are put on the pear-branch floor. From dragon blood tree to lucky bamboo to pineapple (Ong-Lai), human beings keep placing their preference, connotation and imagination on nature through the entitled names, breeding and shaping. The glass tanks, also placed on the ground, contain methylene blue solution (usually added to the aquarium for sterilization and treatment of aquarium diseases). The aquarium is also a form of terrarium, a "simulated nature" created by mankind to preserve nature. An ultraviolet bulb is hung above each aquarium, faintly illuminating the white shiny snail shell in the blue solution.
*This project participates: The Land in Between—plant and human’s dream of sustainability, which is the special exhibition program of 2018 Taichung World Flora Expo.
Organizer: Hao Jhe Liao Studio
涵蓋整個空間地面的是鋪滿地面的梨枝。這些梨枝是嫁接過程中所產 生的「廢料」，通常的作法只是丟棄。我們向當地農民收購這些梨枝，將 他們收集起來再次使用。嫁接同樣是人類干預自然的一種技術，而這些 鋪在地面的梨枝也讓人聯想到庭園造景中常見的樹皮，鋪於土表作為 保護土壤、防止雜草、美觀裝飾之用。梨枝嫁接廢料——這些被人類取 捨掉的自然又重新回到「人工自然」的一部分。