王文志 Wen-Chih Wang
About the Artist
Wen-Chih Wang was born in 1959 in Chiayi, Taiwan. He graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts, Institute of Fine Arts. He represented Taiwan at the 2001 Venice Biennale of Art and has been behind a number of major public art projects. His art is composed of nature, society and spectators, creating his own unique spatial aesthetics by using the characteristics of bamboo.
I had used steel as material before when I first started creating sculptures in 1988; however, when I came to Tung Ho Steel Miaoli Works for the residency program, my thoughts were very different than before. I chose slag as my material. They have rough and irregular surfaces; you can feel the warmth in them, just like soil. I gradually learned the nature of the material, and listened to its inner voice, deciding on when to stop through the precision of spirit and allowing slag to speak its mind. It felt like I had a philosophical love affair with slag.
Through laboring, I learned how to convey my physical and mental realizations through hands, creating a different kind of spirituality. During the month I spent at Miaoli Works, the assistants and I worked with these large materials with our own hands, and it made me savor and treasure this experience even more.
Wen-Chih Wang: “Re-understanding Steel, Redefining Sculpture,” Extraordinary Relation 3.0: The Tung Ho Steel International Artist Residency Program, Tung Ho Steel Foundation, 2016.