Solo- The Archival Body | 2015

Life size | Solo Exhibition | Sculpture, photography, video

“The Archival Body” is a series of modular works including sculptures, photographs, and videos, that explores how modern medicine changes our physical perception with regard to our own bodies. Like making smaller monuments in life-size scale, Lin tries to permanently preserve the physical parts that had been removed or disabled for a cancer patient. She also questions how our physical bodies lose their integrity and become more fragile under the authority of medical systems.

While Jia-Jen is amazed by how medical technology is moving faster than we can imagine, she also notices that these exciting and forward-looking discovery and solutions presented by medical experts on TED talks move at the speed as dropping water to wear away a stone. We still cannot help but be affected by the increasing numbers of lives disappearing around us.

In this exhibition, Jia-Jen shows a series of sculptures made of resin, metal, and 3-D printed plastic and their digital photographs. There is also a video animated from CT scan images.

“We Can See Them Gradually Dissolving” and “X-Ray: Collective Memory 001” are constituted of clear resin sculptures cast from various medical anatomy models and their photographs. Red color tints inside the casts symbolize suspicious entities and expanding or disappearing growths. When a patient’s life relies on these expanding or disappearing abnormal cells or relies on the X-Ray reading by a doctor, what we can only use to endoscope and predict the future of lives is rather singular. Lin photographs the casts from a perspective much like the way doctors would re-examine them, to question decision-making through the human eye. She then juxtaposes the photographs and the casts in the presentation.

“60 Gram Is Non Dose” is a sculpture composed of metal pipes and rods, feeding bags, and air pumping machinery. By combining the shapes of chandelier and organ pipes (symbols of luxury and spirituality) with those of disposable medical supplies, Lin recomposes them into a sarcastic mechanical contraption to imply that, when we have physical trauma, we all need to rely on the same medical process and medical equipment to maintain life, regardless of our financial or social status.

“Preserving a Jaw” is a 3-D plastic sculpture printed from CT scan images of a cancer patient’s jaw before it was excised. The right lower jaw was one of the dead and also fractured skeletons caused by high-dose and overlapped radiation therapies. The intention to preserve and represent the lost and damaged parts of the patient through technology is to provide the possibility to reconstruct its discontinued or removed body memories.

“The Archival Body” is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, presenting works developed during a residency at Sculpture Space in Utica. This residency project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taichung, and Sculpture Space, Inc.