The anthropocentric approach to building man made architecture requires the destruction of pre-existing structures. However, the most authentic approach to finding balance within a space requires us to forget about the mankind, but rather allow nature to take its course.
Speaking of his favorite work, Lee Chi immediately recalled a piece he had made in 2015 called “the PAIN”. At the time, the whole team was very young, with limited funds, they took a leap of faith, expending all their funds and resources to create the piece. The combination of wax and plants created a piece full of tension, that explored the idea of “pain”. Pain is something that everyone experiences, yet may be hard to put to words at times. Many people's’ impression of plants are romantic and joyous, however, Lee Chi chose to depict these plants to express sorrow. “Plants have different emotions, I hope to express them in ways people can’t recognize”.
However, pain is only a small part of what inspires Lee Chi to create work. Where the core of what supports his work is “Love”, believing that love is everywhere and around everyone. Humbling himself to allow voices of others to be heard, using his acute sensibilities as an artist, Lee Chi has found a space for emotions to be able to be heard. Even if the space is narrow, it awaits audiences to slowly experience it.
「質物霽畫對環境議題感興趣，或許沒辦法以生物科學的方式呈現，但是我們可以用美學來表達，並且去回應、討論我們所面臨的生態問題：《未來博物館 Future Museum》讓我們做到環境關懷，也是我們這階段的里程碑。」李霽分享質物霽畫製作過程中，曾遇到粉絲表示這些作品好像只是把環保掛在嘴邊，二非實際關心環境。符合感受環境的狀態，促使質物霽畫訂出了今年的主軸——環境閱讀，從各樣的美學及直覺去探索身邊環境，透過可行的模式與態度實踐環保，並且秉持亙古不變的道理——源於自然。
Botaniplan Von Lee Chi’s interest in environmental issues may not be explained through scientific formulas and research, however, we have continuously used art as a form of expression to talk about our environment. <Future Museum> gave us a platform to raise awareness for environmental causes, which was also a milestone for us. Lee Chi shared that some fans had posed inquiry about whether our attention to environmental issues was justs a farce, lacking genuine care in what we were doing, which was what lead to a goal this year for Botaniplan Von Lee Chi, which was to read and educate ourselves widely about the environment, through different angles such as art and instinct for our surroundings. Taking feasible and reasonable steps for raising awareness of our environment, we resort back to nature as our unwavering source of inspiration.
“I don’t disapprove of floral design, it has been something I have been doing myself. However, plant based design should be viewed as art, and be a part of discussions and discoveries of our environment, and art at its purest forms allows".
“ We are unstable in our nature, forever trying to reach for balance in our future, this is the ideals of revolution. We aren’t striving for comfort in doing one thing, this is the nature of Botaniplan Von Lee Chi”.