Pillar of the Motherland

“Pillar of the Motherland” 2021, air-dry clay objects

 

I have been making these air-dry clay figures at home during the lockdown, they look like buildings, but they also look like spines of exhausted teenagers. They capture the teenage feeling of hollowness; feeling ashamed by the incompetence to absorb knowledge. My experience of being a teenager was like being violently injected by an incomprehensible amount of information while silencing the insatiable need to insert, to be inserted, to explode in the rawest physical way; yet being deeply frightened by the forbiddance and consequence of romance. 
I think about my teenage years in China, being young and powerless, being forced to sit and study, I felt my spine started to grow into crooked shapes, warped into the gigantic soup of repression.
Us, the not smart enough kids, we were made of caves, no one punched holes in us, we grew the forms of these reserved negative space inside of us: to be filled, to be refilled, to be sucked dry; then we no longer grow, we remain empty with many caves, stagnant, forgotten, unable to continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objects of Desire

“Objects of Desire” 2020, oil on panel

 

Sea Boiling Song, 30.5×40.6cm
Endocarp, 30.5×40.6cm
Flower Runaway, 30.5×40.6cm
Mons, 30.5×40.6cm
Funnel Chest, 30.5×40.6cm
Larry’s Bra, 30.5×40.6cm
Gap Tooth, 30.5×40.6cm
Icicle, 30.5×40.6cm
Crenshaw Boulevard,30.5×40.6cm

 

 

Contemporary Ballet, 35.6×45.7cm

 

 

JÄTTELILJA, 35.6×45.7cm
Self, 30.5×40.6cm

 

 

Potted Plant, 35.6×45.7cm

 

 

Sea Princess, 35.6×45.7cm

 

 

Prosecco Incident, 35.6×45.7cm

 

 

 

Happy Little Oysters, 40.6×50.8cm

 

 

Happy Little Oysters (back), 40.6×50.8cm

 

 

 

 

 

More Objects of Desire

“More Objects of Desire” 2020, oil on paper, 30.5×40.6cm

 

Lock&Lock

Fenty Savage

Friendship Garden

Crabapple Tree Wuji

Wurstküche LA

Penis Warts

Windmill

Dimple

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Flower

“Sea Flower” 2020, oil on panels, 30.6×45.6cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Causes of Heartburn

“Causes of Heartburn” 2020, oil on panel, 25.4×25.4cm

 

 

Heart Stabbing Kind of Love

 

 

 

Happy Little River Stones