the opposite of black is red

“the opposite of black is red” 2018, painting performance.

In “the opposite of black is red”, I used my hair as a brush, soaked in black ink. With the sound of traditional Chinese instrumental music, I moved with my body pressed against the red wall, blindfolded, stroking the surface with my head. I see the action of painting as a form of dance/sex; the red surface as a lover’s body; the performance itself as a love story/marriage ceremony; the viewer as my wedding guest; the result of black ink as a marriage certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girlfriends

“Girlfriends” 2018, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

迁就

 

“迁就” 2017, performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

飞檐

“飞檐” 2017, performance with wooden sculpture.

 

During my past five years of studying in the U.S., I often felt displaced and disconnected from my home and culture. The longer has I lived far from home, the more I have felt nostalgic about my childhood and teenage years in China. I was born and raised in Shenyang, a northeastern city of China. I grew up seeing traditional Qing architectures, such as the Mukden Palace and Zhao Mausoleum. I remember standing beneath the roof of Zhao Mausoleum when I was little, looking up to the complex structured cornice. The cornice was sharp and upturned like a sword cutting up the sky. While I was standing under the roof, I felt safe and protected. Now I am far from home, by building my traditional Chinese cornice, I created a safe space for my nostalgia and memories. By holding up the cornice on my shoulders, I am also carrying the weight of my culture and longing for home. By standing at a corner of contemporary American architecture with the traditional Chinese cornice on my shoulders, I try to create a safe space for myself in the chaos of time and space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

日夜,方圆

“日月,方圆” 2018, oil on canvas, 84×88”