“We are just like the sand in an hourglass, as time passes by.”
Since I started creating art, I have never stopped exploring the relationship between my art and myself, thus getting authentic looks of those artworks I create.
The whole project is based on a mythical story from my imagination, which is about two deities: The Daylight and The Night, who control the passage of time and collect people's life stories after they die. This story is based on my own beliefs and concerns about the quick elapsing of time. What are we looking for within our lives? What are we after, though day and night? Struggling with whether our time is used effectively or wasted. Do we have any regrets about reflecting on the vanity?
To make those ideas into actual artworks. I use all kinds of skills including oil painting skills and sculpting skills such as 3D modeling, clay modeling, mold making, casting, glazing, firing kilns. I also use jewelry-making skills such as wax carving, bronze casting, metal fabrication, soldering, forming, etc. I also explore the possibilities of combing different materials such as oil paint on bronze, ceramic with fabric, clay, and metal.
Day N Night_The Daylight
This project also explores the relationship between the individual and the world. In my view, we are just like the sand in an hourglass, but each individual's life has its significance, and our stories are the proof of our existence. Even though we might not be that unique, we inherit and build upon our culture and history.
In terms of personal creation, my Chinese cultural background deeply affects my art. All my artistic figures’ appearances are inspired by the Chinese Buddhas and traditional imagery of Chinese ghosts and monsters. When I was a child, my parents took me to visit a lot of cultural monuments all over China.
“In my opinion, all artists tell their stories in different and diverse ways.”
I will never forget the shock I felt when I first saw those treasures of ancient Chinese art.
“I’m now using digital sculptures as part of my creating process. I am curious if the combination of new technology and traditional skills will bring me more possibilities. In future creations, gradually, more and more characters will be incorporated into my projects, thus, to highlight the human part in my concept. I hope that will culminate into potent imagery reflective of the human spirit. All my characters will be based on the real-life and the mythical stories in my head.”
Even if those memories from childhood have been blurred for a long time, and they are like dreaming as I grown up. During my college studying, I visited more of the caves, murals, sculptures, and temple ruins all over China again with my instructors and classmates, I seem to have an illusion that a dream becomes a reality. After that, my artistic creation began to gradually show those influences.
Through these two main figures I designed, The Daylight and The Night, which are made of bronze. Oil paint and coloring skills helped me create a gradually varied color on the bronze's surface. I also designed different crowns, weapons, and clothes for those two dolls to portray their identities.
“I use jewelry-making skills such as wax carving, bronze casting, metal fabrication, soldering, forming, etc., where I explore the possibilities of combining different materials such as oil paint on bronze, ceramic with fabric, clay and metal.”
Those creatures created in the dark, are nothing but carriers of our fear of darkness.
I investigate the relationship between the individual and the world. When I was visiting those monuments, I closed my eyes to feel it, as if I could see those busy figures. Those figures are so small, in sharp contrast with those magnificent relics. In my view, we are just like the sand in an hourglass, as time passes by.
Prize Ribbon (1)
Describe your image
She came from the darkness, brought the only light in the darkness.
However, I believe everyone’s life has its significance, and our stories are the proof of our existence. Even though we might not be that unique, we inherit and build upon our culture and history. There are people, there are cultures. There are people, there are nations. There are people, there are histories. There are people, there are stories. In myths, gods create people, but gods are created by people.
If choosing something to represent 2020 or even 2021, I would say masks.