Artistic Statement & CV

Intimacy is the point of focus in my work, this includes familiarity, closeness, and togetherness, as well as simplicity, slowness and physical labour, each reflecting the rural life farmers have. Through the subjects I visualise in my folk paintings, I try to evoke an intimacy between myself, the work and the viewers.

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 where I grew up as a child in the countryside of South China.

My work is characterised by its earthly tones that reference 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 the paints, pastels, charcoal, canvas and clay is of essence: mirroring 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 traditional crafts and techniques that, just like intimacy in our current times, I feel, sometimes get lost.

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