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