Wen-Hsi Harman 陳文曦 (1984- )is a Taiwanese ceramic artist, based in Bristol, United Kingdom.
My ceramic practice investigates the concept of ‘in-betweenness’ between Taiwan and Britain. Living away from my homeland gives me a clearer perspective of the culture in which I grew up, as well as an outsider’s perspective of British culture.
The cross-cultural experience provides a platform from which I can address the questions of who I am and how I might express and communicate my experience of in-betweennessas a place where I can survive - where I can draw breath to help me cope with the challenges of living in two cultures.
Making process combines, using my fingers as my tools to make my artwork, porcelain slip, mould-making, and the size of the work are around 30x 25 x 10 cm.
To explore the impact that living in a state of ‘in-betweenness’ can have on perceptions of self; to develop a visual language to communicate this experience; and to explore my own expression of cultural identityin relation to theory in the field. I have exhibited my main ceramic works (Sculptural Spoons, 8 Hours, Fingerprints, Bananas, Traditional Chinese Characters) in different cultural environments, such as Germany. France, Taiwan.
I have been able to evaluate my work in response to visitor feedback. It widens awareness and proposes new ways for other viewers to explore the experience of being ‘in-between’.
Photo by Sea Maiden Photography / film.