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Yao's studio is inhabited by toys turned into golden monsters, attractive and tempting as well as violent and scary. For the open studio at Gasworks Yao Jui-Chung made a series of elaborate, large scale ball-pen drawings of imaginary figures, set against a background of gold leaf. In Yao's work high and low cultures are crossed, both on a material and a symbolic level. In his drawings he explores the dark side of the human being, making transparent the seemingly innocent.

In the drawing War and peace, the size of his studio wall, he played with words by writing the title both in Chinese and western characters. While in the west the meaning is evocative of literature or topical events, in Chinese the sound of the English phrase 'war and peace' means 'shake hands and get shit on them'. The Chinese characters are based on this disturbing meaning which clashes with the beauty of the writing and the material. Yao comments on gaps between cultures, the creation of misunderstandings and the meanings of war.

Yao Jui-Chung is an artist and writer. He has exhibited internationally including the Venice Biennale in 1997 and The Contemporary MoMA in Fukuoka, Japan. He lives and works in Taipei.