Danny Tang’s work draws on Chinese traditional culture, sayings, fables and craftsmanship.
无人问津的港口总是开满鲜花 (The port that no one cares about is always full of flowers)
This Chinese concept is describes an attitude: “Some people are very kind and good, no one sees them, but they still ‘beautiful’” and the emotional state “The people who care about you always have sugar in their pockets. They know how big the world is, but they just want to take care of you.”
Using traditional Chinese embroidery techniques and Tang used soft, repurposed materials such as his old clothes to represented warm textures. The image of sunflowers stands for ‘silent love’. In the middle of the piece is a bleeding heart as emotional changes affect the heartbeat, and people always associate inner emotions with the heart.
A few years ago, Tang heard a fable about the truth of life. The man fell off a cliff but clung to a honeycomb branch. There is a dragon under the cliff that can eat him at any time. At this moment, honey from the branch dripped into his mouth, and the sweetness made him forget the dragon under his feet.
Procrastination is similar to this, delaying and struggling with what needs to be accomplished. Procrastination can negatively affect emotions due to delaying the inevitable, but the habit is difficult to break. This series of works express the stupidity that is difficult to wake up from and the beautiful illusion that is difficult to let go of.