The exhibition features feet, mouth-painted works

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OVERCOMING CHALLENGES:
The show, featuring artists who have lost their hands or are paralyzed, is intended to help transform Taichung’s Dali into a welcoming place for art

  • By Chen Chien-chih and Liu Tzu-hsuan / Personal Reporter, with a personal editor

An exhibition featuring works by five artists who only use their mouths and feet to paint has opened in the Dali District of Taichung (大里).

The exhibition, which runs until April 29, features 35 oil and ink paintings by Lin Yu-chen (林宥辰), Chien Jung-nan (簡榮男), Lin I-tung (林以通), Chang Chia-hsun (張家勳), and Tseng Chi-hsiung (曾啟雄), who have lost their hands or are paralyzed due to traffic or work accidents.

They overcame their physical challenges and “painted the beauty of life”, using only their mouths or feet to hold paintbrushes, said Dali District Administrator Cheng Cheng-chung (鄭正忠).

Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Taipei Times

Cheng said he hopes the exhibition will help make Dali a warm and welcoming place that values ​​infrastructure and promotes art.

Lin Yu-chen, who also organizes the exhibition, was born into a farming family in Yunlin County. He had both arms amputated and lost his hearing after being exposed to 1,000 volts of electricity in a workplace accident in 1991.

After experiencing excruciating pain during initial treatment in an intensive care unit, he shielded himself from the world for three years, he said.

Photo: Chen Chien-chih, Taipei Times

However, with the support and encouragement of his family, he realized that “life is full of ups and downs, and one only learns to cherish it after going through painful experiences,” he said. he declared.

“I have no other options in life so I have to defend myself,” he added.

In 1995, art teacher Chen Ling-ling (陳玲玲) led him into the world of calligraphy and ink painting, which he began to learn from Chen Ming-hsien (陳銘顯) l ‘Next year.

Other participants also started painting after overcoming their trauma.

Chien was paralyzed by a car accident in 1989 while driving to a friend’s house.

He learned to design websites while rehabilitating, and attended mouth and foot painting classes organized by the Taichung Welfare Promotion Association for the Disabled in 1999.

Lin I-tung had both his arms amputated following an electric shock while cleaning the top floor of his house in 1982.

Her life was filled with remorse until 2000, when association member Hsueh Pao-kuo (薛寶國) encouraged her to take up mouth-foot painting and paved the way for her creative journey.

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