Selected Works

Several years ago, I began to draw a series called “Shu Xiang Men Di”. At this time, I had considered the impact, which had been surrounding me. I used my brushes to illustrate my thoughts without digging deeper into what those images stood for. Furthermore, those images, or should I say items, were simply put together without any elaboration. In the meantime, there was an event planner that happened to see the series. He commented on them by stating that the paintings have a really strong formation, which brings the audience spectacle spiritual meaning.

The most important thing he mentioned was the inspiration from the paintings and how they illustrate the perfect combination of historical cultural background and civilized symbols. For many reasons, “Shu Xiang Men Di” was set aside for quite some time until I met a women named Anh. Anh encouraged me to keep moving on from where I had left off and continue with my inspirations.

It’s essential that the more and the deeper I can interpret from my creations, the better my audience can connect with them. There may be a possibility that my interpretation is still limited, however, I believe people’s wisdom is limitless. Each individual will understand this series differently, what they interpret and decipher will vary from one another according to their diverse backgrounds.

With these creations my intent is to lead the audience to my thoughts, which may not make any sense to them. Frankly, even I myself can’t tell my original point of view for this series, which still remains mysterious. In the painting or iconic symbols, antique furniture appears in various positions. The tables and
chairs are occupying the main part of the image, which strongly evokes their importance. This design, with its strong interruption, impresses people significantly. Here are a couple interpretations of the antique furniture. They represent the symbol of power, profession, social level and right of speech. I chose to use traditional liner, used in Chinese paintings, to solidify the furniture’s structure. Then I provided contrast by using rendering water and ink, which strengthened the furniture’s history and ancestry.

The books, brushes inks and other items on the tables and chairs represent the thirst for knowledge of Ancient Chinese People who were well educated. These items also indicate the thirst for knowledge of people today and a deeper thinking of the current education system in China. Furthermore, it also deprecates the common prospects in society at that time. Which was impacted under the imperial examination system, to think that “to be a scholar is to be the top of society” or “through studying you will gain success and fortunes will follow. (Reading bring us everything.)”

The animals in the pictures, which consists of a parrot, pigeon, panda, golden fish and butterfly, are symbolic elements that make the image more vivid. They reinforce the visual impression. Those animals are in various acts, just as if they are talking with the antique furniture which is a symbol of history. It conveys what people are like in their lives: being an audience, going with the flow, confused, content, or disappointed. At the same time, it indicates the eager of peace and freedom that spreads from a person’s deep inside, and the despite of hegemony and autarchy.