Yuanfeng Wang’s project is about absurdity and self-exploration. It includes two illustrations and one animation.
The inspiration is from Wang’s loneliness and the absurdity emotion derived from it.
The main body of the painting is a statue embedded in the desert wrapping his arm around the space from the erosion of the desert. As well as this, there is a factory-like building, which is representing the factory where Wang was born.
The first painting is Wang’s state of severance. It includes the severed version of Wang in different ages—they create a life circle in this state. The womb of the statue grows from the ground and create lives, they grow and entertain themselves in this space, till they run out of vitality, their corpses will be sent to the statue and he will eat and digest them and become source of vitality. The second painting is the real state of Wang’s, facing the reality that they are alone in this space. When we put these two paintings in comparison, you can find the place where the womb blooms is the place where the real Wang sits, that implies all of these people are come from their imagination.
In order to create the loneliness atmosphere, Wang makes this world a silent place. Wang uses the silent film form to show the repressed feeling of people in this world. In order to communicate, the people use body language to express feelings. In this way, Wang also integrates their absurdity of emotions into peoples movements. From eating, dancing, hugging to watching each other’s behaviours, they do movements to themselves, making the interaction seem like acting. The whole vibe presents a false prosperity. The boundaries of body to body is broken, yet the boundary of heart to heart can never be crossed over. In this way, Wang wants to express their struggling of resistance against void, which is exactly the core spirit of absurdity— to exist.