Everyday life may seem routine and dull, but it actually contains a multitude of incidents. One’s memories, emotions, desires and on a bigger scale, history, politics and culture all interweave and reverberate in it. Submerged in a centerless swirl of transient events and consequences, one can hardly pause the ongoing daily life to trace its rooted causes and concealed truth. It is also impossible to come up with a fixed and enduring self as lives are lived through the change of space/time. Hovering over the boundaries between art and life, my practice-led research explores the notion of self-forming and self empowerment through enacting narratives in drawing and painting.
The narrative that triggered and permeates through this research refers to a political event happened to my family. Through drawing and painting, I forge the raw material of life events into stories, then construct a fictional space which encapsulates my psychological states and reflects upon the outside world. Subsequently, can the work transform beyond the specifics of a personal story and occupy a shared emotional space with the viewers, further, reflect the collective psyche in our contemporary time?
The urge to represent reality of daily life, historical events and contemporary affairs in painting has been a constant throughout the history of art. Derived from my autobiographical narratives and inspiration drawn from Existentialist literature, I attempt to create a body of work which challenges the nature of communication and the potential of storytelling in contemporary drawing and painting. My research draws a paradoxical boundary between the private and the public, furthermore addressing the questions of how much one should disclose one’s life stories in making art, to what extent one’s life stories determine how artwork is read, and how the work of art as a fictional creation is able to imply the meaning of one’s life.