丙烯、亚麻布、木框 / acrylic, linen, wooden-frame, 75×40×5 cm,2017
作品自述 / Artist Statement:
When I was cleaning the studio, I found this red plastic bag that has on it a Chinese rose pattern, texts of "thank you", "reusable", a suffocation warning, and where it was manufactured. I took this bag back with me from London: I visited this old Hong Kong couple running a grocery store there, and the old gentleman gave me a bag of home-grown vegetable seeds with it. He also talked to me about their trip to California. This bag was then traveled with me and is here in Beijing at this moment. It catches my attention, because the text that is itself moves and navigates its way in different geographical and cultural contexts, and tries its best to convey this message that is gentle, polite, and harmless. I relate this to the living condition of Chinese diaspora in the modern world that was dominated by the West. I also think a full plastic bag looks just like a vest on a human body, so I divert it into a portrait of overseas Chinese.
展出履历 / Related Exhibitions:
HOW NOW: The Life APP, HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, 2019
Art 021, Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, 2017