Charwei Tsai
Water, Earth and Air

Charwei Tsai, one of Asia’s most accomplished young artists, brings a series of intimate installations based on the theme ‘Water, Earth and Air’ to Sydney’s Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.

The exhibition blends new installations with video and photographic documentation of Buddhist mantras, poetry and academic texts written on natural objects such as ice, tofu and lotus leaves, which melt, disintegrate, wither and fade, leading us to a heightened state of quiet reflection in the process.

In her most recent work she has expanded this practice by using mirrors, so that the sky, clouds, sea, sand and earth are captured as reflections on which the mantra reverberates. Charwei Tsai’s work is a meditation on life and death, on the ephemeral nature of existence and on the process of making art.

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2009

88 pages, 210 x 150 mm, full-colour, paperback



Preface by Tony Ellwood, Director, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art

Introduction by Gene Sherman, Chairman and Executive Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

Essay by Suhanya Raffel, Curatorial Manager, Asian & Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art

Edited transcript of the artist in conversation with Tony Brown, Director, Programme La Seine, Ecole national superieure des beaux-arts, Paris

Hardcover SOLD OUT

Digital $10 Go to the checkout to finalise your purchase