These black and white illustrations feature a man and woman in abstract form and are sold together as a set. Although appearing to be purely modern art works, there are some indigenous cultural symbols included. For example, the braid of hair that frames the right side of the woman’s face features repeating triangles, similar to the pattern of the hundred pace pit viper (scientific name: Deinagkistrodon acutus), considered the most toxic of the Asian pit vipers. This snake got its name from the claim that once bitten a victim will die before being able to walk 100 paces. To the indigenous peoples of Taiwan, the hundred-pace pit viper is highly revered, especially among the Paiwan, Rukai and Bunun tribes. In addition, the man appears to be holding a bow and arrow, weapons commonly used by indigenous hunters.
Jimi creates drawings and paintings on paper and canvas. These illustrations are on small ceramic tiles, the results of his search for new media. They can be framed and hung on a wall.
Jimi’s parents are from the Bunun and Tsou tribes. He grew up in Puli Town of Nantou County in central Taiwan, mostly among the Bunun tribe, thus considers himself more Bunun than Tsou. Puli is well known throughout Taiwan for its crystal clear waters and natural beauty. From a young age, Jimi started photographing the plant life and scenery around his home, and that has influenced his art. Jimi also likes to explore his personality and to express the results of that exploration in abstract form, creating some interesting modern art works.