"The narrative impressions from my works are often inspired by the hidden tension in daily lives"
As a visual artist, I see art as a way to overcome my inner fear and a process of self-healing. The narrative impressions from my works are often inspired by the hidden tension in daily lives or imaginative situation that are hinting a subtle danger before it transforms to violence or other disruptive outcome.
In my creation, I like to keep a certain rawness by using ordinary materials such as pencil, charcoals, ink and paper. I found that simple tones such as black and white correspond more to what I want to achieve in my art, and to reflect a stronger visual impact for the audience.
Liz shares these 5 collections of artwork in ubudeco.
“Heaven is a place on Earth”
This series was made during the time my hometown went through a difficult period where smoke and tears became part of the usual. I cropped and enlarged sections from newspaper photographs and combined with the style of paintings in Song dynasty to create a different point of view towards the unusual usual.
“Where should I go?”
Inspired by Eiko Otake, a movement-based interdisciplinary artist, this series represents the uncertainties of the relationship between my spirit and my body/ my home / my city. Each piece reflects on one finger, but each of them carries individual thoughts and characteristics.
Love is fragile. Shall we dance until the day I die?
Fictional Diaries series
“The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.” said Kundera. As people gradually lose grip of the realness in life, their anchor to the reality loosens. Yet, life always has its ways to weigh them down and drags them back to the ground again. The two forces create a state one would experience in the Dead Sea, drifting one in and out of reality and fiction. A question naturally comes to my mind – “Does reality ultimately lead us to the “truthfulness”? Or is it only a collective speculation?” These thoughts have inspired me to create this series. I associated my feelings with the promenade scenery I see every evening along Victoria Harbour: the strange faces shimmering in water reflection, and the distanced gaze making you feel uncomfortable are expressed and painted by engravings.
I chose monoprints instead of the traditional method of plural printmaking, aiming to make each painting a unique existence. Mixing the techniques of wiping, brushing and hand painting, I brought the uniqueness while capturing memory flashbacks of what I saw and heard at the waterfront, retaining the most truthful feelings and to increase the randomness, fortuity and surprise. The scene, communicated in a way imitating illustration storytelling, creates a mysterious narrative atmosphere, in which images have woven an oceanic story that has never ended.
昆德拉説:「負擔越重,我們的生命越貼近大地,它就越真切實在。」可是, 當生活上的真實感逐漸消失,人便彷彿失去了重量一樣,而現實的沉重則時刻提醒着人要回到地面,兩種拉力成全了如死海中漂 浮的處境,使我們游離於現實和虛構之間。這讓我不由得地考,現實終將帶我們往越「真」的方向,抑或只是一個集體的臆測?靈感啟發於此,我將自身的感受聯繫到每晚在維多利亞港海旁所見的風景: 一張張與水影重疊的陌生面龐、一個個帶距離感、讓人不適的凝視,並以版畫的方式演繹。
This series of artwork, inspired by societal observation, delineates the attitudinal divergence evolved from various stories and backgrounds, and the deep conflict triggered by the gaps and misconceptions amongst us that can’t be well explained by words. I hope to minimize the gaps by showing audiences my world in search of peace. Audience could possibly find emotional resonance, or get to know others’ thoughts, through observation — which is exactly the first step in understanding the universe.
“I first engraved some sky illustrations on a specially processed plastic matrix, and after the illustrations are printed and cut apart, they are reassembled into an entirely different picture. It is a monoprint in printmaking. Giving a hazy impression of Chinese paintings, these artworks emblematize my educational roots in western painting and printmaking, with all elements unintentionally coming together, defining a unique style of mine.”