To Center Guide ::: :::
  • T'ien-Kung-K'Ai-Wu: Picture of an Overlock Machine Picture,Total:1
Works by the Artist
Other Works(Perfect Family 1)
Other Works(Perfect Family 3)
Other Works(Discovery Channel - Climbing, Hunting, Fishing)
Other Works(Dear Leader Chen, We Love You! - Father and Son)
Other Works(Imitating Harada Naojiro - Kannon Riding a Dragon)
Other Works(Blossoming in the Backyard - Chushingura)
Other Works(Blossoming in the Backyard- Momotaro)
T'ien-Kung-K'Ai-Wu: Picture of an Overlock Machine
CHEN Ching-Yao
NO. 20130176
Year 2007
Max Size
119 x 119 x 2.9 cm
Digital photograph with gold leaf
Artwork Appreciation
CHEN Ching-Yao uses humorous and funny disguised photograph to make people reflect on the global issues hidden in life. “Picture of an Overlock Machine” is one of the artist’s “T'ien-Kung K'Ai-Wu” series that re-interprets an industry scene mentioned by the industry encyclopedia, “T'ien-kung K'ai-wu: Chinese Technology in the Seventeenth Century,” that was passed down from the Ming Dynasty of China. In this photo, the artist is disguised as a peeper behind the window, where a girl on the left is dressed up in ancient clothing and picks up the symbolic Taiwanese traditional flowery cloth with confidence. The other side shows a Southeast Asian foreign worker dressed in modern clothing who imitates the finger pointing of oriental women, implying the issues on cultural adaptation and loss of identify faced by foreign workers. The artist uses foreign workers from Southeast Asia to lead the viewers with reflection on the transition of Taiwanese labor-force and industrial structure under globalization.