What am I in this scenario?
As a witness to the last two decades of China’s accelerating development and societal upheaval, I am specifically interested in the nation’s changes and social phenomena. I doubt myself to be a true Chinese person because I vacillate between my traditional Chinese identity and the seductive Western world. What constitutes a Chinese person besides birthplace and nationality nowadays? Why do I suddenly find myself experiencing a cultural identity crisis? When and why did I realize that this crisis is an equivocal obstacle in my daily life? Being a spectator now, a graduate student in the United States, undoubtedly provides me with another lens to look backwards and contextualize what I’d already experienced in China and simultaneously look forwards to ascertain what I will present through my art. This perspective allows me to make work that utilizes a deeper connection to a wider range of the world. I attribute the multifarious grand narratives about the social symptoms of China, such as the influence of China’s economic transformation, the reforming social ideology and the cultural resistance, to the fundamental basic needs of humans by focusing on my personal perspectives of daily life. My terminal work attempts to explore and unravel the questions above by displaying many domestic home-like sets. They include various objects, furniture and fictional narratives, which allow me to integrate my intrinsic knowledge of Chinese cultures while drawing abstractions from social clashes. What can I contribute to this age of cultural homogenization? What kind of future will I face? How can I convince myself to be in step with the tide of the times without being conservatively nostalgic or complacent about what I used to be?