The life in Paris inspired me to originate this work that
presents the alienation process of myself. The idea was
drawn from the discovery of different uses of toilet paper
between Taiwan and France (folding vs. reeling). It took
six years for completion with 618 toilet paper roll's images,
in which each roll represents the days I spent in Paris.
Besides, "Mantou" reveals the hidden harmonization
of invidual differences through their unique appearances
and presents a concept of how simple items and conversely
illustrate complex meanings.
The idea of "counting days" comes from a thought
in my country: during military service, instead of rice,
the main food for the meal is replaced by a simplified form:
Chinese bun called "mantou". The soldiers eat
a "mantou" at each meal. Therefore, people say
that the days you spend for military service is the days
you count "mantous".
Counting these remains, I count the days of my life in