瑪雅・海薇:道別之後

Maya Hewitt:Fare Well

展覽時間 Duration|Mar. 9 - May. 5, 2019

開幕茶會 Opening Reception|Mar. 9, 2019 (Sat.) 7:30 P.M.

藝術家將親臨現場 The artist will be present.

地點 Venue|10056 台北市中正區金山南路一段67巷5號1樓 No. 5, Lane 67, Section 1, Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei 100

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瑪雅.海薇:「創作是極其個人的,一旦要在直覺或闡述之間拔河,就勢必要帶著距離。我還是希望作品能超越解釋,自己碰觸到(即便只是一些)觀者。」

西方文化長年的深層浸潤和悠遊於東方世界的經歷,使得瑪雅.海薇對於異國文化的感知異常敏銳,在提煉物質與精神、人類與宇宙間的現象和情感經驗時,也格外豐富有層次,並能將獨到的感悟轉譯成特殊的藝術語言。

獨一無二的藝術語言

瑪雅畫作中的人物和元素、構圖配置與顏色安排看似很日常、很生活,卻讓人感到莫名的怪誕和不安。從畫中人物那些乍看親密實則疏離的行為,到人物面具下的那雙好似對世間所發生的一切感到漠然的空洞眼神,再到靈魂與生死神祕的展現,一切的一切都使我們下意識地渴望去解讀這些符號與線索背後所隱藏的意涵。

然而,當我們憑藉著知識與生命經驗去搜索無數的可能解釋時,卻極易陷入兩難,一方面擔心過度的詮釋造成失真,另一方面又怕太過淺薄的解釋僅能觸碰到作品的表象。其中衍生出的距離概念,不禁使人聯想到生活在現實世界中的情境。許多時候,我們無法在事情發生的當下解讀全貌。然而,伴隨著時間推移、心境沉澱和知識累積,我們得以拉出距離,看透事情的真相,也許,我們終其一生都在尋求一個距離的平衡點,也可能永遠找不到,只能在其中不斷挫折,永遠飢渴,而這也是瑪雅的作品為人所傾倒的地方。

源自於內心的創作動力

不同於多數藝術家起因於外在環境的變遷的靈感,瑪雅的創作源頭不只來自外在,更大一部分是發源於內心,因而使我們在閱讀她的作品時,往往會萌生超現實之感。但不同於超現實主義的藝術家,企圖憑藉有意識的技術去繪製無意識的內容,或是希望通過無意識的自動技法潛入自身的潛意識或夢中找尋真正的自我,瑪雅畫作中的每一個細節皆是來自於最真實的生命經驗。她牢牢抓住每個生活中對她而言意義非凡的細節與 瞬間、細細咀嚼著人與人之間的互動關係,並思索著人與宇宙萬物的存在根源,消融了內在心靈與現象世界的界線。

人的內心宛若無止盡的迷宮,可能因為找不到出口而迷失,可能因失足而陷落,但也可能因此發掘到意外的寶藏,找到最純粹的自己。這樣的內心探索是危險而迷人的,而瑪雅的作品便乘載了種種深源於內心的情感,超越了時空的維度與張力,使我們需靜下心來沉澱那無以名狀的情感重量。說她是日常生活的逃逸者也好、精神的漫遊者也罷,其作品是很個人、很內心、很真誠的,但即便是如此私密的作品,藝術家仍期盼能從中發掘出普世價值,去觸碰那些宛若遊魂的心靈,或此時此刻正迷惘的你。

“Creating is extremely private. The distance must exist once I am in the tug of war between institution and elaboration. Still, I hope my artworks can reach beyond explanation.”- Maya Hewitt

Have Absorbed in Western culture and experiences of traveling in Eastern world for years, Maya is extremely sensitive to exotic cultures. Her interpretation to extract between material and spirit, the phenomenon and emotional experience between human and universe are also rich in layers, transforming into a unique art language. 

Unique Art Language

The figures, elements, graphic arrangements and color collocation in Maya’s artworks seem simple and daily. However, it makes people feel absurd and disturbed. The human behaviors in Maya’s paintings seem to be intimate but alienated, and the vacuous eyes appear to be indifferent to all surrounding in the world, the mysterious expressions of soul, life and death, and all of these boost our desires unconsciously to interpret the hidden gems behind the symbols and hints.

However, when we look for possible explanations by the knowledge and life experiences, it’s easy to be trapped in a dilemma, worrying the over interpretation will mislead the truth and the superficial explanation only reach to the surface. The concept of distance extended related to the scenario in the real life.  We can’t realize the whole picture of an event at the very beginning very often. Nevertheless, as the time passes to calm down the minds and increase knowledge, we are able to keep a distance and see the truth. Perhaps, we seek for a balance of distance in our lifetime. We may not know the answer forever,  being frustrated and eager within the process, which is also the fascinating part of Maya’s works.

Motivation from the inner heart

Different from most artists inspired by the change of external environment, Maya’s inspiration doesn’t just come from the outside. Most of her inspiration comes from her heart. As a result, it generates the feelings of surrealism while enjoying her works. But differing from surrealistic artists who try to paint unconscious with technics consciously or look for real ego by sneaking into her mind by automatism. Details in Maya’s work origins from the most realistic life experiences. She seizees every extraordinary details and moments in life, tastes the interaction among people, and contemplates the existence of people and universe, by blurring the boundary of inner and outer.

Human mind is like a labyrinth. People may get lost in finding the exit, and fall when stumbling, or dig out the unexpected treasure to find the pure ego. The exploring is dangerous but fascinating. There are deep emotions in Maya’s works beyond the dimensions of time and space, calming down the burdens of unreasonable emotions. Maya can be defined as a deserter escaping from daily life, or a spiritual wanderer. Her works are personal, internal, and genuine. Although from the private works like these, Maya still wants to discover the universal value, and touch those astray souls, or you, who are lost.