Memory is the lock on the gate of time, and symbols are the keys.
The sharp deer antler is my mother’s scissors, my father’s bow and arrow.
The soaring dragon and dancing phoenix on the shrine is the craftsman’s castle.
The lover’s sensuality is seen on the body of the steed, as tides intertwine under moonlight.
The gate of time is a diamond-shaped mirror, with the lock of memory linking together each door panel into an endless mirror palace, with the key reflected in infinity.
Sculptures composed of lines, geometry, symbols, and memories are a common visual language in Hsi Shih-Pin’s art. He deconstructs and reconstructs familiar animal shapes and totems derived from his extensive collection of religious, architectural and cultural emblems. Various symbolism details are overlapped and transformed into another compositional form, and amidst the shapes and symbols are crisscrossing lines and textures, demonstrating the artist’s multidimensional exploration with shapes and materials. Spectators are able to faintly see their own reflections from the reflective material, which allows for an experience based on memories to be formed from linking together personal imaginations with the form created and the space it is in.
Symbolic Steed of Memory continues from the artist’s extended fasciation with steeds and mythical subject matters. The body of the steed is a projection of strength, as a connection is formed with the mythological prototype through the artist’s imagination. The reconstruction of the prototype grafts the creature to life’s primal memory and desire, calling us back to a time of great thirst for knowledge, enchanting love, and when classicism and magic were equally practiced.