Wind Chimes 风声如诉
Where there is wind, there is causation; the flow of wind serves as a medium for which events occur. '
The metaphorical qualities of the wind are evident in the works of the three artists. Their practices wander back and forth between subjects and environments, as well as people and spaces. Through their perception of space, they attempt to search for their identities hidden under the historical, cultural and personal traces. As a vessel for sensitivity, space maintains an intimate relationship with its inhabitants.
“Scale” is a painting installation inspired by the different perceived walking distances and the varying scale of different cities Jay is familiar in. In relation to his interest in the economics of scale and the infinite, Jay attempts to tie in elements from natural phenomena, perception, fractals, and landscape to illustrate the universality of scale as a larger phenomena.
Referencing travel experiences, the act of leaving a trail, Carl Sagan's "pale blue dot", and attempts at viewing the infinite, the various works come together to form part of Jay's larger narrative in his practice.
In the series "I Have Forgotten How to Walk.", Liza goes on a pilgrimage to a home she has never been to. The works in this show are influenced mainly by her 3-month early childhood teaching duties in mainland China as a foreigner of Chinese descent. She subverts the dynamic between teacher and learner as a methodology to fill in the blanks in her cultural experience.
Weighty topics such as economic versus cultural marginalization are contrasted with child-like aesthetics. Liza assembles witty visual allegories using tokens of her childhood nostalgia to expose the identity dissonance within her construct of self.
Li Zhuohui 李卓慧
Zhuohui Li studies the intimate relationship between East Asians and nature since ancient times as well as the presentation of the European landscape under the Eastern gaze. She integrates her personal experience and depicts what is observed through the painting practice. The medium she adopts varies from oil on canvas to found objects in her studio produced during painting. Believing that traces and marks are able to carry body memories and individual emotional energy, she has been trying to explore the idea of the melting boundary between human beings and nature through painting. The subject reaches the oscillating state during the constant contact with nature by melting down the boundary between subject and object. The emotional energy produced is embodied in the contact. Painting, as the recorder of traces, reflects the impulse in an honest way.