(God Money or Ghost Money) is a currency that was created for the Gods or Ghosts that live in another world. The paper money that has gold leaf is for God and you can burn it and then pray for something you want in your life: Peace, Wealth...etc.
When I was a kid , the memory of burning God Money or Ghost Money was a very sacred thing.
They burned it at every festival and during New Years; They even burned it for their own business to pray for more wealth.
（延伸閱讀： 旅居紐約藝術家黎慶怡 Orange LI 創作出世界最大的金紙和靈感（未完成文章））
Almost every family in Taiwan followed this tradition. From my childhood till now, I always really enjoyed the process of burning this magical paper into ashes. It is such a peaceful and beautiful experience. The fire transforms the message and delivers it to the Gods. Based on these memories I grew up with , I created this paper money art to help me find a way to ease my pain and find a way to release my emotions. I find peace in it. it is a way for me to tell myself that I can pray for happiness, and to remind me that he life I live in, and then to create my story in it. I tell my stories again and again in my art , burn it from my brush to transform to another world and another space.
(延伸連結：在2017紐約長島市Paper Factory Hotel x House of Yes 合作藝術展的影片)
These three big art works are mixed media on canvas, I ordered the traditional gold leaf from Taiwan factory that made real God Money. I used acrylic paints, plastic toys , spray paint and sewing needles to work on it. I cut the canvas with scissors, the irregular pattern just like the scars in our life, every moment our heart breaks, the difficult times or the pain we have go through. First I poked a hole in the canvas then cut it open. The process to create this work, filled with my passion mixed with love and hate. We are covered in wounds but we still stand proudly and strong, We have that one of a kind beauty.
Through the holes in the canvas, you can see the lights, landscape, and walls behind which become part of the art work.
In the 2017 art show at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, New York , the changing color lights behind the art work brought the meaning to life. like our lives, we are always changing, sometimes we feel like things are falling apart but we still dance and still shine in this life party
(The Video of 2017 art show at Paper Factory Hotel x House of Yes )
下圖為影片中藝術展的Paper Factory Hotel飯店空間: The pictures below is from the art show in the Paper factory Hotel.
1. God Money- Madness of Love 瘋狂的愛
mixed media on canvas 97" x 72"
"The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings."-Plato
"I have loved to the point of madness: that which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love. "-Francoise Sagan
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"Madness of Love", a love filled with passion.
This art work shows how I feel about New York. The environment surrounding me is messy, twisted, uneven, luxurious , and explosive. It also makes me excited, fresh and full of energy. The emotionally unstable , agitated and complicated can be another kind of beauty.
我在這神明金紙藝術作品上有著散發如火一般的邊框，是用畫去代替燃燒，散發著源源不絕的能量並傳遞到另一個未知想像的空間，也許是代表著我那方新靈魂吧。破碎的、坑洞的畫布仍然撐起整張畫面。如同人生、如同愛。 不規則的線條是描著金箔上的皺褶，因為這些自然產生的皺褶代表著我們的人生經歷，起起落落。顏色有喜悅的黃、純潔的白、也有憂鬱的藍和綠、熱情的紅...用黑色用力地描繪這個刻骨銘心的色彩。 經歷愛、痛、婚宴、性愛和夢想.....交織纏綿成這張瘋狂的愛。沒有要刻意去簡化、沒有要去尋找平靜，只是瘋狂的燃燒自己，瘋狂的投入那已經讓人無法呼吸的愛，讓自己投入那會讓自己遍體麟傷的愛，讓自己被這一切重重地掩埋。
I made this "God Money" with a border of flames because that is how this "God Money" is used, by burning it.. This glowing energy will spread and transform the stories and feelings to another unknown world. Maybe it means sending it to the other side of to visit my new soul. The tattered , broken canvas still holdsit together. like our life, like our love. I trace down the irregular nature that wrinkles the gold leaf, there I painted on these slight lines to present our up and sown lives. The color of yellow with joy, white with pure, blue and green with sadness, the red with passion and anger...I used the black lines to paint the outline of the unforgettable moment. To live, to experience the love, pain, marriage, sex and dreams...all of these are intertwined , lingering within the art -"Madness of Love".
I don't want to simplify it, I don't want to find peace in it, just burn it and burn yourself like crazy. Embracing the breathless nature of love, by throwing myself into the love, I might cut myself all over my body, and get buried into the ground.
2.God Money- Madness of Money 瘋狂的金錢
Mixed media on canvas 105" X 64"
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This is about people becoming obsessed with money and power. This is a drama that happens everywhere in our jungle society.
The shining luxury brand everywhere in the Fifth Ave, men drove sport car and wear prestigious watches, Hermes bags and Chanel clothes are these women's weapons. The city is stuffed with objects of desire. Even when you breathe, you breathe in the sumptuous desire.
Many different luxury brands surround the gold leaf. The two sides of the black border have the dragon scale pattern, this is symbolic of armor in today's society, to decorate yourself in the way you want people to admire and respect you. The wealth separates people into different levels, then we realize the Aristocratic system still exists, they just changed to another form- "Madness of Money".
On the bottom are the majority of people that can only dream about one day being at the top of the pyramid. The movies, advertisements, and music all promoting this kind beautiful life. The decadence of beauty. The external covered with gold , with many secrets hidden behind. You can see through from the scars ripped by the big brands, then you might notice the emptiness and the hypocritical, but....maybe that is another kind of beauty, isn't it?
This is a work that tells a sobering story about the society we live in.
3. God Money- Beauty of Death 死亡的美麗
Mixed media on canvas
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Only when you face death , is when you can fully live.
We all will die one day, that is inevitable. How to prepare for death is the main idea of "Beauty of Death"-I want to celebrate all the things that will come to me regardless of all the dangers.
All the skulls are dancing and flying in the air, the color of the spray paint like the glowing color in the gold sky, is a ceremony, not unlike a party of transformation
In 2015 I had my second surgery for a chocolate cyst. The doctor asked me if I wanted to test the tumor? I chose not to because I don't want to carry fear with me. I told myself, it doesn't matter whether it is good or bad, no matter how long I can live, I have to start to create the life I always want to have.
The sorrow I felt was transformed into a festival where I choose to celebrate the funeral that will come soon in the future. I chose to dance in the fiery flames.
The middle of the skull I sewed with colorful thread, connecting with the eyes, nose and mouth. He(She) has melancholy eyes, but still is strong enough to face all the things that will happen in front of him(her). A colorful penis on the nose, is present to show that the end of life is the beginning of a new life, like sperms and eggs ram into each other then create a new life. like all the thread on the canvas connect to each other to the whole universe, nothing really dies, there is no beginning nor ending . All of this is a process, all become a bridge to the next generation, next unknown world. Preparing for death in this life, we learn to dance around the fire until we fall to the ground, then forward to the next cycle in the universe.