A Jiaoxi hot spring about to be demolished, 2012
Water color on paper24x32cm
I visited Taiwan many times for several months. There I discovered the fascinating hot spring world and became an avid bather, trying all kinds of baths all over the island. Each hot spring has its own waters, setting, mood, color, and texture. Some are even carved out of the earth by people and are for free. These public baths also share a peculiar ambient. It is a space where people can lose themselves in the water, become one with water, and take a rest from more worldly matters. It is also a space where strangers inter-act in different, more fluid ways, and where bonds are formed, connected by water, giving a sense of community for the regular patrons. The watercolors were made from memory, yet in most I let my imagination go free, like water, owing here and there.
Zhao Yue, artist and architect， graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Southern California and Tsinghua University. His main recent participations in exhibitions include “SAIC 2010 MFA Show” in Chicago and the “Secret 7”group show in Tianzifang, Shanghai in Dec.2012; “BABEL ME” group show, Shanghai Glass Museum, Dec. 2015; “TO BE LIKE WATER”China-Europe Art Exhibition in Suzhou, Dec.2017.