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  • Mar 17, 2017

A World in An Ocean: Interview with Jun T. Lai

Portrait of Jun T. Lai. All images courtesy Jun T. Lai Studio, Taipei.

In order to celebrate six decades of her life, Taiwanese artist Jun T. Lai first had to install a floor-to-ceiling sheet of steel at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Taipei. Firmly swinging long-handled and short-handled hammers into the sheet, Lai performed Heart-In Between, an endurance ritual that slowly transformed the level surface into a sculpture pitted with dents and curves, sending back a refracted and fragmented image of the artist. The performance, first shown in 2009 at MoCA, was both a treatise to Lai’s decades of work in multiple media, such as performance, painting and sculpture, as well as her ongoing engagements with interaction, transparency and reflection.