Self-Portrait Vol.1

Interactive Mixed-media Painting

Mixed-media painting covered by resin and silk paper; stamp on the silk paper

2019

38 inch x 70 inch

Flashlight is provided for viewers; touching is encouraged for audiences. Once they operate with flashlight, viewers can see the reflection. Touching allows viewers to feel the uneven texture underneath the surface layer.

Content of the stamp: Here is the essence of life.

I’ve had a paradoxical sensation of the relationship between humans and nature for a long while. Admittedly, human beings have the inborn intimacy with nature: for one, humans, as a group, grew up in nature; for another, people, as individuals, yearn for the fascination of nature.

However, the alienation of humans and nature cannot be mitigated. For one, the premise of closest contact is that the true nature exists – nature without any human intervention or evidence of fabrication. In the modern world, it is almost impossible to find out such “nature”. For another, human’s appreciations of nature are largely influenced by the existing works, which include predecessors’ paintings, drawings, or photos. At least for me, appreciating the nature without any aesthetic standard (which is built by others) is impossible. Only by using flashlights and touching the piece viewers can get some indirect information of the context behind the silk. What I’m feeling about myself as a human is just like the stamp on the surface – always stays there but never touches the real textures.

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