Sweet Onions Get Straight to Your Heart

By Joanna Tung
Campus Reporter

An art piece of three-dimension animation became the center of discussions during the presentation by the Graduate Institute of Design’s Class of 2008 at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Gallery today.

"I am quite impressed by this masterpiece because a lot of thoughts were included in the concept for the piece and it would simply touch the bottom of the audiences’ hearts,” said Liu Shiun-shi (劉薰禧), an alumnus of the institute.

Liu affirmed artists’ efforts for these masterpieces at the exhibition, saying that more diversity was seen through their work.  In addition to artists’ own initial creativity, their care toward the public was also seen through these arts pieces.

Lee Yu-ren (李育任), a member of the Class 2008, said that he spent 18 months working and completing the computerized three-dimension masterpiece, which was also his graduate thesis.

Explaining his concept for the piece, Lee said that he wanted to tell a story about the process how a bad guy became a good guy.  He then decided to present the story with an alternative expression so he did.

Shih Zen-ren (施智仁), another member of Class 2008 of the institute, said that these displayed pieces reflected artists’ expertise as well as their graduate thesis topics.

Another graduate Tsai Meng-chian (蔡孟倩) said that the exhibition was named “My Sweet Onion.”  She said that the onion would absorb required fertilizer from the soil and grow into something with many layers afterwards.  The process would reflect these graduates’ learning history at NTNU that they learned as much as possible and eventually grew into mature artists full of fresh ideas and creativity.

"We hope that our endeavors would touch the bottom of our audiences’ hearts,” she said.

The exhibition will be opened to the public at the NTNU Gallery from 9am to 5pm between April 26 and May 5.