Leigh Li-Yun Wen
“The Unfathomable Universe: Leigh Li-Yun Wen Solo Exhibition” will be held at Asia Art Center—Taipei Ⅱ branch gallery at Dazhi from March 2nd, 2013 to March 31st, 2013. Leigh Li-Yun Wen was born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1959, and received her M.F.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1994. Her works were selected to be part of the Art in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State and have been on display in the U.S. Embassies around the world. The artist captures various natural hues and sceneries, leading viewers to plunge into an unfathomable universe and experience the fickleness and freedom within, as if witnessing the calmness and disarray of Genesis. The sense of “grandeur” in Chinese aesthetics coincides with Immanuel Kant’s aesthetic philosophy of a “sublime” state. Leigh Li-Yun Wen’s artwork undoubtedly provides an interpretation for contemporary sublime aesthetics. The artist first primes the canvas, then covers the canvas surface with dark pigment, then scrapes the pigment before it is dried, so the two layers of color can be revealed at the same time. The lines flow across the canvas in rhythms and frequencies that create depths and swells on the painted surface, presenting a very unique creative technique.