Beijing Opera Masks
Size: 110cm* 90cm
Opera is a pivotal element of my culture and for many centu-ries was the center of entertainment, just like Shakespeare was for England. In these performances, all actors wear masks as a part of their characters, it is said that the colours and patterning on one’s masks a person’s character is revealed. Through the multitude of col-ours and textures of leather, I have created fifteen different mask com-prising masks of the sinful villain, loyal hero, impulsive side-kcik and the humorous clown.
In Your Dreams
Size: 75cm* 120cm
This abstract and collage-like work is constructed from many pieces of genuine leather, celebrating the different textures such as suede, shiny, leather-like; colours and shapes leather has to offer. The im-ages depict a dream-like scene, some figures in sharp focus and other shapes are still forming. Together they illustrate the relationship be-tween man and nature, using the cacophony of shapes, colours and textures to represent chaos in this bond, yet the scene also provides a send of harmony and unity in the image.
Size: 92cm* 70cm
Though this work utilizes contemporary abstract techniques to form its shapes and meaning, it still preserves the traditional style through its colour and composition. Soaring birds and valiant riders, the scene seemed to be plucked out from an ancient folk tale – presenting a mythical and dream-like feel.
Size: 40cm* 35cm
Appearing to be characters and symbols, in actuality the shapes and colours have no symbolic meaning. Through this I am able to highlight the issue of the loss of traditional culture through the decades, as the nation becomes more ‘golbalised’ gradually the important parts of the rich culture becomes diluted into undecipherable shapes. Where the circular shape represents an unbreakable cycle and inevitability
Size: 50cm* 45cm
These queer creatures represent the ancient ancestors of the ani-mals in our world today. Through arduous millennia of natural selection they have evolved to what they are today. Thus this word reminisces upon the our humble beginnings as human be-ings and how far we’ve come and how much further we have to.
Size: 36cm* 42cm
This humble representation of a house, brought to life with simple and little lines and cuts illustrates the notion home. A place where on belongs, it doesn’t need to be lavish or beauti-ful, it’s simply a place that will always be welcoming you.
Size: 45cm* 45cm
A parrot perched on a cherry blossom branch, whilst framed in a typical traditional patterning.recreated here in this new medium of leather.
The overwhelming simplicity of colours accentuates the patternings.
Their beautiful feathers coming together as with the nature that surrounds them.
I have adapted this concept upon this new me-dium of leather, celebrating a majestic bird in midflight and the beautiful feathers of a parrot.
A Hundred Cranes
Size: 146cm* 120cm
Cut from a single large sheet of leather, this is one of my many representations of the traditional Multiculturalism art on a new medium. Within the piece, the use of cranes in traditional art and culture it symbolises peace, happiness and longevity. To be exact this piece has a hundred cranes incor-porated into the scenery, and so together it forms the ultimate symbol of goodwill within Multiculturalism culture.
Size: 45cm* 30cm
This scene can be paralleled in many cultures, a young boy form a wealthy family being taught by a governess. This dynamic is demonstrated here in the simplicity of black and white.
– where different patternings and colourssymbolise varied personalities and characters within the performance.
Size: 106cm* 100cm
The ferocity and fear a tiger could induce is captured within this piece. Where the tiger is juxtaposed against the snakeskin patterned leather it has been trapped in.
Size: 92cm* 80cm
The use of birds and flora in a scene is commonly seen in Chinese art. I have adapted this concept upon this new me-dium of leather, celebrating a majestic bird in midflight and the beautiful feathers of a peacock, accentuated through the simple black and white presentation the
Size: 128cm* 80cm
Cut form a single sheet of leather, the piece celebrates the Chinese character ‘fu’ – it translates to mean the happiness and luck we hope life will give us. The image of a fish is also repeated, in the Chinese culture the fish represents wealth and prosperity, and so combined with the ‘fu’ character was traditionally (and still is) used as a gift of goodwill to a friend or family in festive times.