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The Silent Force-opening reception April 10 5:50-8

April 10, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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An event every month that begins at 8:00 am on day 10 of the month, repeating until April 30, 2020

The Silent Force-opening reception April 10 5:50-8
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The ArtsCenter 300 E Main St, Carrboro, North Carolina 27510

photos by the artist, Jan-Ru Wan
The Silent Bride: Gloves, encaustic rusted bells, and red thread.

In this new series of works, Wan uses objects including wax-coated rusted bells, fake collars, erasers, transparent collar supporters, gloves and ceramic spoons to portray women’s voices that have been forced into silence.

Throughout history, women’s voices have often been silenced. Yet silence itself can still send a loud and clear message. It is this concept that Wan has chosen to depict through hundreds of rusted bells that have been coated with wax so that they no longer make any sound. This simple yet evocative image allows the artist to express the sensation of hidden voices that have been forced into silence but retain a pure inner presence that echoes through the silent bells. Wan conveys this concept of a silent force both visually and through dance on opening night, April 10, 5:50-6:10pm.

This will be a first time collaboration with the young Taiwanese choreographer, Pin-Han Lin, who will work with two dancers, Emilie Raleigh and Megan Ross, to create a dance piece to address the idea of silent tears responding to the violence, sacrifice and compromise existing in our prejudiced and unequal society. They hope, through this collaboration, to raise awareness for those whose voices remain silenced.


For more than two decades, Jan-Ru Wan has been re-using found objects, especially those discarded from industrial factories, in her sculpture and installation work, re-inventing and elevating their original purpose. Her unique way of incorporating wildly diverse materials with layers of repetition and creating a space of awe is the signature of her installation works.

Throughout Wan’s career, she has participated in 30 solo exhibitions and 45 group exhibitions, including the 1st International Biennial of Casablanca at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art in Taiwan; the Yango-Biennial in Kinshasa, Congo and her solo exhibition at the Mint Museum in Charlotte NC, April 2019. Her work has been featured in Surface Design Magazine and Sculpture Magazine. The National Art Education Association Anthology: Globalization, Art, and Education devoted an entire chapter on her work. In 2006, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee honored Wan with the GOLD award. Wan is also the recipient of North Carolina’s 2008 Visual Art Fellowship. Wan has also been awarded artist residencies in Taiwan, Thailand, Morocco, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States.

You can find her work at: IG: #janruone1


Lin earned her B.A. in Modern Dance with a concentration in Choreography from the University of Taipei in 2014. She has performed with a variety of groups in Taiwan, Macao, Qingdao, Tokyo, and within the United States as well as in commercial and music videos (ie. Jonathan Lee’s Hills 李宗盛《山丘》). In addition, Lin has over 6 years of teaching dance to students of all ages at schools locally and abroad.You can find her work at:


April 10, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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