Facial tattoos and weaving skills are distinctive aspects of the Taya people. In early ages, only the women who could weave and who were chaste were allowed to have a facial tattoo, and this signified that they were ready to marry. Traditionally it is believed that when Taya people die, the tattoo is necessary to allow them to pass over to the afterlife and meet with their ancestors. Traditionally in all of Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes, the feather was regarded as a representation of the soul. Another distinctive aspect of the art of the Taya women involved large piercings of the ears to display traditional earrings, although this practice was purely decorative and did not relate to their religious beliefs. To see these piercings and tattoos on a beautiful modern woman, allows us to see how the traditional ways of the village can be transformed in order to seem to be part of the world of high fashion. The presence of the feather reminds us of the soul still being anchored in the traditional ways.
Yosifu was born in the village of Matailing, Taiwan and belongs to the Amis tribe of indigenous people found in the east of the island. He now lives and works main in Edinburgh in Scotland, and has exhibited successfully in both Europe and Asia. He is one of only a very few artists promoting Taiwan indigenous culture in Europe. Yosifu's varied creative talents encompass music, photography and painting. His bright vibrant style has its roots in indigenous and naive forms of artwork and is a fusion of Western and Asian styles and techniques. His work has become popular internationally, and is currently held by private collectors from Scotland, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Sweden.
含框外徑：H39.5 x W30