I am interested in recreating the visual reality through memories and imagination. Visual world has been complex, chaotic, shifting and decentered since I was a very young perceiver, living inside an enormous yet crowded traditional Minnan House with my mother, grandmother and seven other families, growing up with an acute sense of dislocation, disorientation, and divided identity, when China was undergoing a dramatic modernization. In my current work, it was reflected in the accumulation of small oil pastel strokes, uncertain dynamic boundaries and the searching of forces beyond the appearance. The world brought into being by both discovery and creation.

  Salto Mortale  2018, Oil Pastel and Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”  “Salto Mortale” means a dangerous and daring jump with possibly lethal outcome. It reflects my feeling while painting the chaos -- like walking the tightrope between visual dynamics and pandemonium. It also records my summer experience in a residency in Norway where I jumped into the deep cold sea to learn how to swim.

Salto Mortale 2018, Oil Pastel and Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”

“Salto Mortale” means a dangerous and daring jump with possibly lethal outcome. It reflects my feeling while painting the chaos -- like walking the tightrope between visual dynamics and pandemonium. It also records my summer experience in a residency in Norway where I jumped into the deep cold sea to learn how to swim.

  Salto Mortale (detail)

Salto Mortale (detail)

  Salto Mortale (detail)

Salto Mortale (detail)

  Salto Mortale (detail)

Salto Mortale (detail)

  Lu Chai 鹿柴  2018, Oil Pastel and Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”  “Lu Chai” is a Tang Dynasty poem by Wang Wei (c.700-761), a Chinese buddhist painter, calligrapher, and master poet. The image of emptiness is usually considered essential in such poems, but for me, there is intangible chaos in its luminous void.I started this painting after a trip to Xi’an, the capital of Tang Dynasty, where I was enlightened by the ancient structures, poems and tomb murals.

Lu Chai 鹿柴 2018, Oil Pastel and Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”

“Lu Chai” is a Tang Dynasty poem by Wang Wei (c.700-761), a Chinese buddhist painter, calligrapher, and master poet. The image of emptiness is usually considered essential in such poems, but for me, there is intangible chaos in its luminous void.I started this painting after a trip to Xi’an, the capital of Tang Dynasty, where I was enlightened by the ancient structures, poems and tomb murals.

  Lu Chai 鹿柴 (Detail)    “Empty Mountains:/ no one to be seen./ Yet-- hear --/ human sounds and echoes./ Returning sunlight/ enters the dark woods;/ Again shining/ on the green moss, above.” (translated by Gary Snyder 1978)

Lu Chai 鹿柴 (Detail)

“Empty Mountains:/ no one to be seen./ Yet-- hear --/ human sounds and echoes./ Returning sunlight/ enters the dark woods;/ Again shining/ on the green moss, above.” (translated by Gary Snyder 1978)

  “Connoisseur of Chaos”  2017-2018, Oil Pastel and Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”   A self-portrait landscape

“Connoisseur of Chaos” 2017-2018, Oil Pastel and Acrylic on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”

A self-portrait landscape

  Connoisseur of Chaos (Detail)

Connoisseur of Chaos (Detail)

  “Tell All the Truth But Tell It Slant”.  2017, Oil Pastel and Oil on Canvas, 24”x36”  I used to live very close to upper Central Park where I walked and sketched almost everyday. The space of that area evoked my childhood memories of living in a traditional southern Chinese house, which is also in some way relevant to my impression of modern dance choreography.

“Tell All the Truth But Tell It Slant”. 2017, Oil Pastel and Oil on Canvas, 24”x36”

I used to live very close to upper Central Park where I walked and sketched almost everyday. The space of that area evoked my childhood memories of living in a traditional southern Chinese house, which is also in some way relevant to my impression of modern dance choreography.

  Solid   Nebulosity  2017-2018, Oil Pastel and Ink on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”

Solid Nebulosity 2017-2018, Oil Pastel and Ink on Yupo Paper, 60” x 86”

  Solid   Nebulosity (Detail)

Solid Nebulosity (Detail)

  Solid   Nebulosity (Detail)

Solid Nebulosity (Detail)

The Fission of Being
Mixed media on paper
8x15 ft
2017
Collaborated with poets and writers: Angela So; Annpo YiYing Huang; Cady Vishniac קײדי װישניאַק ; Erin Schalk; Len Lawson; RN Healey; Rangi Lamar McNeil; Skye Anicca Orr; Wendy Oleson

 (From left to right)   I.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.112 (left wall), Ink on paper, 7x8 feet   II.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.156  (left two panel on the front wall), Ink on paper, 8x8 feet   III.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.157  (Middle one panel on the front wall), Ink on paper, 5x8 feet   IV.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.150  (right two panel on the front wall), Ink on paper, 8x8 feet   V.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.102  ( the right wall), Ink on paper, 7x8 feet

(From left to right)

I.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.112(left wall), Ink on paper, 7x8 feet

II.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.156 (left two panel on the front wall), Ink on paper, 8x8 feet

III.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.157 (Middle one panel on the front wall), Ink on paper, 5x8 feet

IV.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.150 (right two panel on the front wall), Ink on paper, 8x8 feet

V.The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.102 ( the right wall), Ink on paper, 7x8 feet

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 102, 2016-2017; ink on paper; 90 x 96 in.

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 150, 2016-2017; ink on paper; 105 x96in.

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 135, 2016; ink on paper; 96 x 120 in.

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 133, 2016-2017; ink on paper; 60x96 in.

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 134, 2016-2017; ink on paper; 48x96 in.

  The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.107,  Ink on paper, 24 pieces of 24x18 inches

The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.107, Ink on paper, 24 pieces of 24x18 inches

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 129, 2016; ink on paper; 60 x 30 in.

Entanglement: Trial 4, 2016-2017; ink on paper; 110x120 in.

The Hidden Dimension and Other Observations No. 155, 2017; ink on paper; 48 x 36 in.

  The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.109 , 2016, Ink on paper, 48"x115"

The Hidden Dimension and Other observations No.109, 2016, Ink on paper, 48"x115"

Entanglement: Trial 0, 2016-2017; ink on paper; 48 x 36 in.