Re-building My Memory

Memories about the rural life of my village are the point of focus in my work, these include familiarity, closeness, and togetherness, as well as simplicity, slowness, physical labour, and nature in my village. Through the subjects I visualise in my folk works(installations and drawings), I try to evoke viewers’ yearning for the rural life.

I dive into my past and attempt to capture moments that I have experienced from a young age. The images refer to my memories from the village, Shijian Cun, where I grew up as a child in the countryside of South China.

My work is characterised by its earthly tones that reflect this landscape. During the making process, I imitate the postures of the farmers by bending over or kneeling on the ground. My material relation with charcoal, canvas, fabric, clay and soil is of essence: mirroring the farmers’ the relation amongst the farmer, their land and nature.

With my work, I not only give a glimpse into my personal background, but also turn my focus towards the present moment, I feel, that the number of people who lack experiences of countryside life is increasing.