With a nickname like Typhoon, you might expect something usual from 20-year-old Taiwanese artist Lin Ching-fong. His latest work, Tai Ke (2005-2006), is an attempt to combine art and colloquial slang. Nothing out of the ordinary in that - except that he uses his naked body. Lin says tai ke was used to address Taiwanese low lifes - that is, betel nut-chewers and thugs. But the phrase has slowly evolved, and now reflects a certain part of the Taiwanese identity. 'For a while, the phrase was in limbo, just as Taiwan is politically,' he says. 'That's when I thought of ways to identify tai ke and how I could incorporate other Taiwanese slang terms into my work.' The first attempt in Lin's Tai Ke series resulted in a collection of nude self-portraits in oil. In shades of grey and hazy blue, Lin uses his body to express 24 Taiwanese slang phrases. In Chay! (meaning, 'Let's split!'), Lin's portrait is split in half. In Tzua Sai ('explosive diarrhoea'), Lin sits on a toilet, holding on for dear life. And in Firing a Gun, he stands next to a huge ball, masturbating. The process of creating the collection was fun, but Lin wanted to create work that would engage his audience, too. So he added wheels to the bottom of his canvases. 'Why not put wheels on the 24 canvases and let people interact with the art by kicking it?' Lin asks. 'The canvases can become like mahjong tablets swimming across the gallery floor.' Lin's artistic career began three years ago when he defied his parents' wish for him to enter a more acceptable profession and moved into his art teacher's studio. Setting out on his creative path, he experimented with a wide range of media, until he settled on installations. His break came in 2002, when he was invited by the Kaohsiung City government to create public art in one of its new rail stations. The project provided an opportunity for him to consider all factors involved in displaying a public art piece. 'Some artists may insist on having their work hanging from the ceiling, even if it's not suitable,' Lin says. 'They may not take into consideration that their work might fall on people and kill them. This is just a simple example of how self-centred we artists can be.' Lin says art should be considerate, responsible and safe - at least for the viewers. What would he do if the canvases were kicked about by an overzealous spectator? Lin shrugs. The marks and dents would become part of the work. His main purpose is to create an interaction between the audience and his art - whether the reaction is to just rearrange his canvases doesn't really matter. He says he personally prefers jumping over them. What's next for Lin? The Double Mattress series. He says it involves the most atrocious shade of pink and a double mattress. But Lin is going to do a bit of kicking around first, while he waits for a new idea to pop into his head.