Secret Bliss ( 美丽的秘密 )

It was the first day of a brand new year, after particularly bad weather and a freezing night on New Year's Eve at Jing Gua Shi near Juifen in north Taiwan. The weather has calmed somewhat and the air fresh and crisp, so I decided to take a walk in this mountainous region and chanced to come across this window ruins.

I was simply intrigued by its beauty - the beckoning layers of windows and doorways within left standing and the intricate pattern of planks and wild plants lit by the filtered light. One wonders what this residence used to be like, who used to live here - was it a family? were there young children? how did they make a living? did they have a garden? what was their life like? And above all, why it lay in this mysterious ruinous state today.

Title: Secret Bliss (O39,SA34)
Description: Taiwan series. Depiction of beautiful window ruins in Jing Gua Shi, North Taiwan, with an intriguing sense of mystery emanated by the layers of interiors and intricate patterns within, and of what it might have been. 2010.
Oil on Ready-to-Hang Canvas.
Dimensions: 60 x 45cm.

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