2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale International Competition
New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum
“My Brain” is on her way to Taiwan right now!! She got picked up this past week by the art movers and will be delivered by October 15th 2015. How exciting is that!! Here she is in her box, all cozy for her trip across the world!!!
She did get to Taiwan fine and she was unpacked handed from one person to the next. These people are lovers of clay, they handle the work with care. Excited to touch the work they have only seen in pictures. I think of these people and their lives and how this one piece, I made, now brings us together.
So after all this time, knowing that my work was in this huge exhibition and my being invited to join the Exhibition Grand Opening and Conference I fussed over money and work and time off and all those things you fuss over, I made the decision……….I’m going to Taiwan! I can’t believe how I almost chickened out!!
Laura and I booked our tickets to Taipei via Vancouver and Hong Kong there and back again with a mini holiday in Hong Kong on the way home!! Laura is one of the best gals to travel with, she is high energy, alert the whole 18 hours, she loves the niceties of airport pedicures and what I don’t see she reads!!
I really like this mural with the warrior woman…..maybe Laura and I (meeting in our youth while in the Naval Reserve) could learn a thing or two from her!
Then the Biennale Conference began with a look see of my beauty in the exhibition. Then the artists were gathered for ceremony and celebration, a walking tour of galleries and a grand dinner.
While Laura went on adventures to hot springs, markets and just hanging out, I worked hard enjoying the clay talks that took place in the museum and being inspired by the wonderful work throughout the Biennale Exhibition.
After all this Laura and I got down to some adventures of our own. The best was the famous Taipei Beef Noodle Soup before climbing Elephant Mountain.
Of course you need a little education, so we visited the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial. Beautiful! It was full of people using the shade of the buildings to rehearse dance routines, very fun!! (Chiang Kai-Shek served as the leader of the Republic of China 1928-1975 first in mainland China until 1945 and moving to Taiwan until his death).
Then of course there is always time for…Totoro
Then we were off to Hong Kong!! This was my second time to Hong Kong and I felt really cleaver that I could find the Star Ferry and knew about Victoria Park but Laura brought a whole new adventure of hunting down the Old Grannies who work under a highway overpass on a brick and tarmac island in the midst of a traffic sea.
Then there was our “Jimmy Choo” bags from the night market, the dragons flying through buildings, our dip the the South China Sea and our many eating adventures with the best one in an over air conditioned restaurant, freezing while we tried to figure out how to cook our own soup at table with Chinese soap operas playing!!
Good Bye but I do hope to have another chance to see this part of the world again and learn more.
Thank you Taipei for this great opportunity!