The Flare Always Gets Its Way
Hsu Yinling Solo Exhibition
2021.07.13 - 2021.08.07
2021.07.13 - 2021.08.07
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“I want to describe to you the picture I am painting.” The world’s communication is changing. We live every day sharing in this never-ending time, and because of this, we begin to rely on using memory to achieve our own sense of existence.
The theme of Hsu Yinling’s recent work centers on memories and existence, stemming from the artist’s memories of her grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's disease. As a child Hsu would draw while her grandmother silently watched beside her. She drew not for achievement or interest, but for her grandmother’s attention, and the sense of existence it gave her. As her grandmother became afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, until the time when she eventually passed, Hsu never knew how to give her memory back to her, at the same time she feared disappearing completely from her grandmother's memory, and forever losing an irreplaceable part of her own existence.
For this series of works, Hsu attempts to record all the moments of our desire for existence. Through painting, she could visually alter or heighten the purpose of our memories; ways for humans to prove ourselves, while learning from animals and plants the ways to prove their existence. Within this painting process, painful memories are softened allowing us to learn to forgive ourselves, while the excitement of happy memories is dulled, in an effort to maintain a normal appearance in this world, navigating the complexity behind the mantra “back to normal”; an unexpected common belief that forms our collective memory of the present.
Hsu Yinling created the twelve new paintings in this exhibition while going through the pregnancy and birth of her daughter, where she avoided all the pigments and blending oils that would risk her daughter’s health. Viewers familiar with her work will find her distinctive narrative style, yet newly embellished with a forceful use of color and heavier layering of brushstrokes.