“Our lives are like moonlight reflected in still water.”

b. 1982, Taipei, Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei

Wang Po-Yu loves working with light not only because it reveals the world and its beauties but because it can be coloured, filtered and focused to become an artistic medium in its own right. His motion-responsive light painting Unreal Ink (2014) was inspired by reflections both mental and physical: the sight of “flowers in a mirror and the moon in a lake”, and thoughts of life and its concerns, seemingly so solid yet in the end as transitory as dreams. Lights programmed to respond to viewers’ movements generate swirling blooms of psychedelic colour, augmented by sound. Wang Po-Yu made the work as a reminder that in chasing dreams of future happiness, we may be ignoring the beauty before our eyes.

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