Main ingredients


The Sea Rises and Totally Still

This work by Rain Wu was made of fabric, boiled seawater, salt and chalk, during her residency at Dalsbruk, Finland.

Maps, as cultural artefacts, consist of ever-shifting sediments deposited by human desire, imagination and expectation. Their deceptive air of stability rests, for the most part, on the specific language of map making.

Positioning itself on the expanse of Finnish archipelagos, The Sea Rises and Totally Still reflects on the idea that when the world is ‘fully codified and collated... a sense of loss arises.’ (Alistair Bonnett) and allows the precise representation- a trick of the trade- to dissolve and to reconcile with its surroundings.

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Ingredient list

Boiled seawater, chalk, fabric, salt.


Ministry of Culture Taiwan, with invitation by curator Erica Yu-Wen Huang. Residency support from Pico do Refugio, Azores, Portugal.

Photo credits

Cheng Jen-Pei, Chen Yi-Wen, Ricardo Pereira