2015 Animal Farm Portrait
While creating this so-called “directed photography” that is grand and theatrical in style and serves as a form of social discourse, he has also made close-up, sympathetic portraits for individual character on his sets. These secular characters were styled in fashionable clothing and looks from the 70s, revealing the artist’s particular, nostalgic feelings for a certain belle époque in the past. The representation of their clear visages and postures as ordinary people, on the other hand, contrasted the inescapable yet gradually numbing human condition in the contemporary social and cultural environment they lived in.
The artist presents nine sets of photographical works, and in each of these sets, he has intentionally placed some pretty and nostalgic decorative patterns in the scenes of contemporary life. They might be large wallpaper or small sitting pads. In the portraits of secular characters, these patterns became totemic backgrounds that foiled the characters. In fact, these foreign patterns were taken from Examples of Chinese Ornament, edited by Owen Jones (1809-1874) in 1867, which were manifestations of oriental visual culture and living aesthetics from the Western perspective. The pattern in the hallway was selected from the nine ornamental patterns, and functioned to complement and contrast these props, enabling them to be viewed as artworks with equal attention.