I first wanted to manipulate portraiture when I saw the works of Zheng Delong in an art auction catalogue a decade ago. Billowing puffs and flowing lines melt and unveil human energy and form.
Many previous portraits used strong stark colours, later I did a series of portraits of students I used to teach here in China. Some came from wealthy backgrounds and others from under-privileged migrant schools. I began this work on ‘Transparent Milk Series’ when the milk industry scandals to light. I began the work for this series for an Irish Wave exhibition called Baby Baby- the next generation held in the Irish Centre in Shanghai 2013.
The portraits of hands included in the gallery above were part of the exhibition called Instruments of pleasure and relate to the clapping sound performance – see under the title other works – performance art- on the menu above.