“There is no difference now between true and fake.”
Born Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, 1979
Hou I-Ting has experimented in a variety of artistic forms, but her work in the White Rabbit Collection is part of a series of computer-manipulated photographs printed on canvas. In these images, the artist hand-embroiders “clips” from classics of Western art into photos of everyday locales in Taiwan in which she herself appears. In Complexing Body—A Young Hare by Albrecht Dürer (2011), the hare of Dürer’s painting is stitched into the interior of a butcher’s shop; the artist stands at the counter in clothes that are similarly embellished. The startling contrast between the imported art and its setting is reinforced by the implied violence of the bloody meat set out for sale. The series is the artist’s take on the cultural clashes that arise from globalization and on the role of the image in contemporary life. “It is hard to identify the border between reality and media,” she says. The computer and digital photography have released images from their contexts and frames, allowing them to be moved and merged at will. As a result, Hou I-Ting says, the physical world has become permanently fused with “a floating world of images”.