“Automatic drawing” which is an artistic technique for the artists to represent subconscious, life experiences, memories and dreams. By merging the techniques of Automatic drawing, the idea of improvisation and the influence of cultural background, I have created a particular spontaneous drawing style to represent who I am.
 

Automatic Drawing.

To Drink

or

Not to Drin?

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

In spite of the fact that people notice the water pollution caused by industrialisation was getting worse and threaten human civilisation, doesn't mean people actually do something to improve the environment protection. The drawing just try to remind me to conscious of that I am experienceing a highly changeable generation. Thinking about a question when I holding a glass of water; "To drink or not to dring?" that is a question.

Dragger

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

HOLD

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Whale SOS

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Desire

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Seeker

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Circus

Adventure II

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Circus

Adventure I

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Gun Gone!

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Circus Adventure III

 

Medium/

ink pen, pencil, digital colouring

 

Concept/

 

Crowd Loading

 

Medium/

acrylics on canvas

Size/

18 in x 14 in

 

Concept/

It is when the images fuse together and transform into

other images in a rhythmic frenzy as if they were moving acrylic paintings. Like many of

my paintings, “Crowd Loading” resembled a mixture of faces, human bodies, plants and

insects. According to its expressional performance and the style of depicting objects and symbolic ideas, this painting may be considered as a tribute to Surrealism. The complexity of organisms stands out from a pure background. The painting captured Surrealism’s notion of self-connection between subconsciousness and context. The painting is trying to symbolise a natural environment where it is full of organic creatures. The pipe which was held by a grey hand represents the entry of my subconsciousness. It is a tunnel coming directly into my head which means that external stimuli influenced all of these internal distorted objects. The more stimuli I receive from the surroundings, the more deformed characters I represent in the painting.

The graphical elements of the painting comprise broken and reconstructed pieces, and then the illegible and ambiguous subconsciousness suddenly becomes symbols and surreal objects. This is what experience-visualisations are; a blend of aesthetics and information. For me, randomly combining different organisms is another way of entering the unconscious, of escaping from conscious thoughts, and possibly, of tweaking the deepest beliefs about art and connecting the higher self.

The
Greeting
Angles

 

Medium/

acrylics on canvas

 

Size/

40 in x 30 in

Concept/

I was soaking in the memories while drawing; the memory containing multi-scene dreams, the sounds, the sensations, and emotions. Eroticism and the fear of death have been represented in "The Greeting Angels". The painting displays numerous nude, faceless, bodies floating on a turquoise green watery surface. A lot of complex machinelike structures stagger over these limbs, which produce conflicting feelings and harmony between organism and machine. In the vast, dark green sky, the outer layers of the faint yellow ball have split and have peeled off like the skin of an onion. However, the faint yellow ball is considered as a metaphor of a yellow chrysanthemum, which is symbolic of nobility.It is usually used for funerals or on graves paying tribute to the dead. So the graphical symbol on the top right of "The Greeting Angels" represents an impression of fear of death and is implanted in my subconsciousness.    

The imagery of the fish represents the tribute to the spirits and the dead. A death anniversary is a custom very popular in Taiwanese culture. It is usually held on the day a family member, or some other individual died. We usually prepare a lot of tributes as farewell gifts. And one of the crucial element of tributes is fish, and it has to be whole fish to show sincere respect. So the fish is a symbol linking life and death. Also, as the fish is a symbol of tribute to the afterworld, a few spirits have made every effort to grab the tribute.              

 

From another perspective of the analysis of "The Greeting Angels," the body intertwining one another can be interpreted as a sex scene. And the gesture of holding the object refer to a phallic symbol in fertility worship. In ancient times, the penis was revered and worshipped as an integral part of the reproductive process, which was a symbol of the essence of life. The yellow ball in the top right of the painting represents the female form, and the crack in the ball is a symbol for the vulva. In the centre of the painting is a hand holding a reaping hook, which could also be seen as a phallic symbol. The fish in the painting is intruded by some sort of rope, which could be seen as a metaphor for sexual intercourse.                

The Outsider

 

Medium/

acrylics on canvas

Size/

24 in x 36 in

 

Concept/

As mentioned, the fish is a metaphor that links life and death. In “The Outsider”, the symbolism of fish has been extended, signifying a bridge communicating between two different fields. The painting clearly indicates two distinct roles, human and fish, that swallow each other, representing cultural conflict. The most significant emotion revealed in The Outsider is anxiety – anxiety for exotic knowledge, the anxiety of cultural conflict, and anxiety of existence.

The squatting human represents me, with my Eastern culture background, together with a cluster of negative emotions – anxiety, depression, disturbance and disorder. In the metaphoric sense, the giant fish represent the irresistible forces which are overwhelmingly against the opponent – me. The fish does not have a completed shape because all cultures in the world are experiencing a time of strengthening and regrouping as they are merging with outsiders, who come with different cultures. As an artist who comes with invaluable cultural heritage, how do I relocate myself during the period when I stay in a foreign country? When these negative emotions have been stored in the subconscious and reach a critical point, I spontaneously released these emotions and transformed them into iconic representation.                

The Parade

 

Medium/

acrylics on canvas

 

Size/

30 in x 40 in

 

Concept/

“The Parade” is one of my practices of spontaneous drawing which directly refers to a real-life incident, the death of a loved one, my grandmother. Proceeding with the spontaneous drawing, for me, is to recall specific memories in life rather than creating an imaginative scene. Visualising the emotions that I have experienced during the incident and putting an effort in sealing them into the painting is the core value of my spontaneous drawing. This is, of course, an ambiguous title for people who watch the painting for the first time. However, it was my impression in those days, connecting intense emotions, religious rituals and Taiwanese culture.          

 

By drawing, I also have tapped into the themes of childhood, life, and nature. All of these personal experiences and emotions merged and transferred into overlapping imagery. Different people see different things, and I believe with my paintings, there is a huge possibility that people will find in them something that resonates. It does not matter if the audiences do not have the same sensation or evoke some emotion as I experienced. More importantly, the emotions are triggered when the audiences are reading the drawings. And, I believe that each emotion can relate to one or more specific memories, which are personal and subconscious.     

“The Parade” is depicted as characters from the Taiwanese religious culture and represent the impression of how Taiwanese hold a funeral in the traditional way. The most intense emotion that I had sealed in the painting is the fear of death. All of the recognisable graphical fragments in the painting can immediately link to the counterpart in my memory.          

 

There are two human-like figures squatting side by side on the dirt on the left side of the painting representing the figures of the Lord of Death’s messengers. Also, directly linking to my fear of the death was a real-life incident, a scene of my grandmother’s funeral. It is a specific emotion that has been visualised by the spontaneous drawing.

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Circus Adventure II