Taiwanese emerged as the biggest winners in a recent Italian textile art competition, grabbing the first and third-place prizes at the biennial contest, the Ministry of Culture said.
Chung Chiung-yi (鍾瓊儀) won first prize in the Valcellina Award at the International Contemporary Textile/Fiber Art Competition “for the complexity of her installation, the contemporary spirit of her artistic expression, and originality of reference,” the jury said.
Chung’s winning work Face to Face, but also Back to Back features a row of fabrics hung between two chairs that face each other and have mirrors on them.
Third place went to Chen Ying-ting (陳穎亭) “for the visual richness of her work, the merging of traditional and modern elements, and updating of her cultural roots,” the jury said.
Chen’s entry was titled 12 Different Collars on the Skin and was composed of 12 garments made of different fabrics.
Another Taiwanese, Cheng Wei-jen (鄭維仁), received one of four honorable mentions.
Chung received a cash prize of 1,500 euros (US$2,000) and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna, while Chen was awarded 500 euros and a scholarship to the Koefia International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume in Rome.
The theme of this year’s competition was: “The Double — Suggestive Cultural Complexity Between the Imaginary and Reality,” and was the best showing by Taiwanese artists so far, which the ministry said is a testament to the strength of the nation’s textile arts sector.
A total of 23 artists from 14 countries were selected to enter the competition. Their works are on display at the Palazzo d’Attimis in Maniago, Italy, until May 11.
The competition, organized by Le Arti Tessili Association, is open to artists under the age of 35 and aims to promote interest in contemporary textile art.