Image 1: ‘You never know what I have’, oil on found object, 22*10*6cm, 2017
I painted the “egg” by squeezing the tube of oil paint and brushing it at the corner of the egg box, so the lump of oil paint is pretending to be an egg.
Image 2: ‘You never know what I have’
Image 3:’ After drinking beer’, oil with found object, 7x7x12.5cm, 2017
It is the work I previously uploaded for the second mentoring of Art-Uni-On. I filled the inside of two empty mayonnaise jars with white colour oil paints to paint mayonnaise.
Image 4: I developed the work, ‘After drinking beer’, as I displayed them in the mayonnaise section of a store.
Image 5: [Zoomed-in]
Image 6: I made a kind of poster of exhibition which is a very private show between my painting and me.
Image 7: I have written letters to ‘painting’. I am currently writing letters to oil paints, canvas, painting, and my stubbornness as a form of research.
The below is some parts of my letter to 'Painting'.
I cannot forget the moment when I met you first. I was so young, about 3 or 4 years old, but I remember whenever we met I enjoyed you so much. The colours, drawing… you were such a time killer!
I asked myself, then, what is painting in contemporary art? What have we done with painting art has changed? Who knows that painting may have been in a constant battle with other mediums and forms of art sometimes quietly, sometimes fiercely? I think that the biggest crisis of painting was the invention of photography, many painters lost their jobs, and their paintings had to be replaced by photographs. It was like the birth of younger brother. There is embarrassment in having to share that love with the emergence of a sudden sibling when a child had previously hogged the love his or her parents alone. Indeed, just as a child acquires a different position in his or her family and society after he has a younger brother, so painting acquires a different social position from before, because of the birth of a new medium.
By the way, I heard that Duchamp left you and started ‘ready-made’ things around 1913. I am so sorry. But I like his humour and I do not think that he just left you completely, look at the ‘L.H.O.O.Q ‘, he still worked with a sort of painting. I started to paint everyday objects as three-dimensional forms when I studied in London. I painted a screw, super bond, toilet paper, soap, and radiator, etc. When people see my work, they think that my works just ‘ready-made’ like what Duchamp did, but as they look closely and take time, they notice something painterly and start to guess what it is. For me, all this process is a series of comedy shows. It is so playful, I am always serious for my work but also playing a game with oil paints, object, people, art history, and art terms, like ‘hide and seek’.
As I make painting as three-dimensional form or sometimes install like site-specific work, people could think that I am creating sculpture with oil paints. Yes, I agree that it looks like that. but I want to define my work as just painting. Why? It is funny, isn’t it? I make something that does not look as painting, and say, no, sorry, it is painting.
I know, I am stubborn. I only use traditional painting materials; oil paint, canvas and brush. I do not know why I only use oil paint, but I love the texture and I feel that you – Painting - are something like a grandmother or ancestor to me. My work is quite labour-intensive. I am stubborn even with my working style. It takes time and requires skill. I also usually work from 9 to 6. Oh, I need to paint now, see you in the studio.
17th November 2017