ARTIST


謝貽娟
Jo Hsieh

台灣知名抽象藝術家謝貽娟(Jo Hsieh),1967年出生於台灣,1991年前往倫敦求學,1998年獲英國「皇家藝術學院」碩士學位。2002年獲英國「費爾茅斯藝術學院」藝術哲學博士學位,後定居英國,2015年回到台灣,直至完成她藝術創作的最後階段,2017年9月逝世於台北。

謝貽娟的主要作品可粗略分兩個時期:早期的「自由抽象」與單色畫「藍色時期」。其中「自由抽象」時期,作品一方面帶有「超現實的抽象主義」特徵,另一方面借鑒西方抽象藝術大師,特別是康定斯基一脈對「音樂性」的強調。1997年開始,謝貽娟開始轉向藍色的單色繪畫,以表現無限深邃的時間與空間,她稱之為「非空間」(None-Space)。後期她改用一種稀有的藍色礦物粉末,直接以雙手塗抹於畫布,這是藝術家早期「自由抽象」中書寫性的延續,但她用強調身體性更為親密的創作方式,創造出這個寧靜,虔敬的空間,宛如靈魂深處的凝視。對於謝貽娟來說,藝術作為她經驗到世界的界面。只有藉由她的藝術語言進入她的藝術世界,才能理解到她對時間和空間存在的思考,以及感受她面對信仰與虛無等問題的掙扎。

謝貽娟終其一生致力於藝術創作的精進與開創,投入絕對的心力與專注,使其在短短五十年的生命歲月中,創作超過上千張的作品呈現豐富多變且饒富哲思內涵的創作風格與思想,不僅體現其向自我極致挑戰與超越的激情與毅力,也突顯個人創作在抽象藝術領域的獨特價值。對於這位以一生實踐藝術純粹與美好的藝術家,采泥藝術特別策劃本展,讓更多藝術愛好者能夠進一步了解這位優秀傑出的華人抽象女藝術家-謝貽娟,以其作品體現自身所有,而精神永流傳。

Jo Hsieh was born in Taiwan in 1967. She went to study in London in 1991, first obtained her master’s degree from the Royal College of Art, then her doctorate from Falmouth College of Art, and eventually settled down in the UK. Returned to Taiwan and continued to make art in 2015 and passed away in September, 2017.

Jo’s oeuvre can be divided into two periodic groups, which are her early Free Abstraction and the monochromatic Blue Period. The works of the free abstract stage had a surrealist abstract quality; she was also influenced by Western abstract masters, in particular the “musicality” stressed by the Kandinsky school. In 1997, Jo began to move onto mono-chromatic painting. She gradually transitioned to even purer geometric abstract to express boundless time and space that she called None-Space. Later in this stage, she gave up ordinary paints and adopted a rare blue mineral pigments that she applied directly onto the canvas with her hands. At the center of the paintings, there is a circular symbol like seen in calligraphy, forming a light blue halo like a mysterious eye. This is an extension of the calligraphic character of the Free Abstraction period work early in the artist’s career, however, she used a more intimate creative method that emphasized physicality to create a tranquil and reverent space, like gazing deep down into the soul. For Jo Hsieh, art functioned as an interface for her to experience the world. One can only enter her art world through her artistic language, which allows people to comprehend her thinking about time and space as well as perceiving her struggles about faith and emptiness.

Hsieh dedicated her life to the betterment of her artistic and innovative work. Her efforts and determination enabled her to create more than one thousand works that greeted the world with a diverse style and philosophical meanings.These works have not only embodied a spirit in challenging herself and her passion and perseverance to surpass her own work, but also highlighted the unique value of her abstract creations.For Hsieh, an artist who has given her life to a pure and remarkable artistic practice, Chini Gallery specially curates this exhibition and offers more art enthusiasts a chance to further understand this outstanding female abstract artist from Taiwan. Her work has materialized the essence of her life, and her spirit will live on forever.