作品阐述 | Artist Statement
The habit of searching for light is inherent in my process of painting.
In this series, I focused on depicting urban night scenes found in China. At the initial stage of the development, such depictions presented themselves just as candid descriptions, or documentations as one may say. However, as the series grows, the importance of the context in which the painted scenes are nested eventually outweighed the notion of light and dark itself. In other words, I discovered that the fundamental drive of this series of my paintings is inseparably connected to my irrepressible wish of commenting on today’s Chinese political and social landscapes.
I am always intrigued by the way the contemporary Chinese written language is being applied in our everyday life. The language is our historical legacy, which constantly exerts a silent yet undeniably powerful impact on the construction of the modern Chinese social image and people's identity in relation to their country. Therefore, towards the later stage of my development, I started to feature the written language itself as the subject matter, intending to draw the audience’s attention to the presence of each individual characters by having them in the dominant positions of the painting. However, such messages might still be inadequately accessible due to the realist nature of the paintings. To tackle this issue, in the latest painting of the series “Roll Up Your Sleeves and break A Leg", I started to utilize magical realism by injecting the written characters into a situation where the texts presence would be inherently absurd.
Nonetheless, there are still large differences in ways Chinese-speaking and non-Chinese speaking audiences would read from the paintings. How, or whether or not to close such gap will be the issue of focus for my next stage of development. This series would eventually become the precursor of my next body of paintings named "The Chaos of Language."
儿童乐园 | Children’s Playground
工地 | construction site