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The Absurd Colourist


Acrylic on paper, acrylic in plastic containers, mixed media installation




In 2012 when journalists managed to reach Liu Xia, wife of the jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the poet-photographer-painter who had been under house arrest for more than 2 years cried, "This is too absurd.

I think Kafka could not have written anything more absurd and unbelievable than this."

When artists are denied of their right of communication and narration, what means could they deploy to express their dissent?  I decide to return to the beginning of a painter’s training – colour blending exercise.  Working with just the 3 primary colours plus black and white acrylic paints, I mix my own unique palette with these traditional paint names which most painters should be familiar with.  From a distance, the set might look like a usual set of colour standard cards.  Only when you read them you would start to realize the colours and the corresponding names are not matching.  To those who could decipher the logic behind the mismatch, we share a special language.




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