We approached Matsu Island through walking- the memory of our bodies. Walking along the religious path and looking for deities are our majors plans when travelling in Matsu, encountering both expected and unexpected on the road. We created the artwork ‘The Horse Palanquin’ based on our memories of ‘Bai-ming’, which is a folk event of the lantern festival in Matsu.
In 2020 we took parts in some activities of ‘Bai-ming’, such as the pilgrimage of Banli, burning the horse fodder, and etc. We adopted the impressive ceremony, four shamans lifting the god’s palanquin along the procession, and the major religious stories‘The White Horse God’ in Matsu as our source to develop our ideas. There are lots of folk tales about this ‘White Horse God’ in Matsu, so we created our artwork ‘The Horse Palanquin’ from those fascinating folk stories.
The shape of this artwork comes from the saddle-like rooftop of a historical house in Bangli. You can imagine this white horse artwork as a palanquin with a god in it, and it also feels like a movable temple. The temple on the horse’s back symbolizes the ‘White Horse God Temple’. The shape of this temple refers to the historical temple structure ‘Huoi-Chiong’.
Over the memories in Bai-ming and the references we researched, we chose the imagery of burning the horse fodder, shamans lifting the palanquin, White Horse God, and the historical building in Matsu as the main ideas for ‘The Horse Palanquin’.