élan vital emotion

 Exhibition Title: Élan Vital Emotion


Élan vital, a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson, means the force emanating from within life to unceasingly form a new self. The philosopher defined this “vital force” as the essence of life. The word "emotion" refers to the feeling or mood that arises in one's mind when one encounters a phenomenon or an event. The combination of the two words, élan vital and emotion, freshly creates the meaning of a feeling or mood that ripples through the mind at the very moment the force gushes forth from within life.


Through this exhibition, the artist intends to express and record the moments of élan vital, sometimes delicately and sometimes boldly, which only living beings can enjoy.   One's emotions much resemble the encounter of colors that face temperature and humidity, wind and light, and a series of connected circumstances. Perhaps it is not that the essence of life awakens emotions, but rather emotions evoke the vital impetus of life. 


It has been the artist’s intention that her experience with horses, as living beings, was represented as the notion of élan vital. This is because, from time immemorial, even before the development of human intellect, the power of horses, transcending through spirituality, has enabled human desire to soar freely. Looking through the exquisite eyes of the artist, viewers realize that the horse motif is not a mere object of observation, but a symbolic image of élan vital a representation of human and animal, nature and civilization, and myth and emotions at the present moment.