This room installation captures the iconic tornado of my mid-west home. It includes ten large paintings (each 3ft wide by 9ft high, acrylic on canvas) that are connected as one single folded Chinese screen painting in a 30ft long half circle. Inside is a horizontally painted tornado hair image. The audience are invited to walk into the whirlwind of hair and surrounded by the swirling storm. They feel like being inside the moving tornado. Even though tornadoes are dangerous and unpredictable, they are also beautiful and dynamic.
This was my first outdoor piece inspired by the beauty of rural Maine. I created this work during my summer residency at Skowhegan in 2003. I combined an old school desk with falling branches to represent a person’s education throughout life time. The stacked branches looked like strands of hair growing from the head (the old desk) and merging into the ground (the green lawn). The found materials are not permanent, so the work also suggests the loss of time and memory.
The idea of “Haywire” comes from my life experiences both in urban China and in rural Kansas. The horizontal mixed media work “Prairie Waves” represents the open space and the flow of the Kansas Prairie. The room installation “Haywire”, however, reveals the sometimes claustrophobic and chaotic aspects of Chinese urbanization. The massive electric wires are placed sporadically on the wall and connected to the telephone poles at the corners. Two charcoal drawings of vanishing electric poles are painted directly on the walls. The commercial advertisements and posters are found on most billboards, available wall spaces as well as telephone poles. These are very real part of Chinese city life. I attempt to replicate this overwhelmed Chinese urban street scene into a small gallery space.
This large room installation includes 10 acrylic paintings on canvas (each 9ft h x 3ft w) that are connected together in a half circle as one single room installation piece ( 9ft h x 30ft w total) and finished in 2018 for a solo show " Tornado Warning" at Haw Contemporary in Kansas City.
3ft x 9ft (each) 9ft x 30ft( 10 panels), acrylic on canvas, 2018
4 connected paintings, 9ft H x 3ft W each, acrylic on canvas, 2018
Installation (school desk and branches), Approx 25ft long at Skowhegan Artist residency in Maine, 2003
4ft x 32ft, mixed media (drawing, straw bales, board) at Lawrence Arts Center, 2012
6000ft cable wires, 7 old telephone poles, charcoal drawings and posters on the wall at Lawrence Arts Center 2012
Charcoal drawing on one side of the wall
Charcoal drawing on the other side of the wall