And then there were none 无人生还

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2018

24cms (W) x 30cms (H)

Oil on Panel

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This one has quite a personal story behind it, and as such I won't go into to much detail as to the meaning.

The subject likes to read murder mystery novels, so the overall composition of the painting is based on the cover drawing on the Chinese publication of the Agatha Christie story 'And then there were none'. In that there are 3 toy soldiers (1 laid down) on a dining table with a thunder storm taking place in the window behind. 

 

The location in the painting is a town in Germany where this person spent some time and which led to some big changes in how she viewed the world and culture around her, and her place in it.

The monkeys are ceramic 'tea buddies' you can get in local souvenir markets, usually sold as a triplet of 'See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil'. Because of the backstory I chose only to include the relating to speech (as speech is active, hearing and seeing more passive). The idea at a broader level is that through things like social media in China, people today have more of a voice than perhaps ever before, but there remain many very traditional societal and cultural influences that have significant sway over what is acceptable to vocalise or put out into the world.

这幅画背后有一个很私人的故事,因此我将不去详细解释其含义。

这幅画的主人公喜欢阅读凶杀悬疑小说,因此这幅画的整体构成是基于在中国出版的阿加莎·克里斯蒂(Agatha Christie)小说《无人生还》的封面绘画。画中的餐桌上有三名玩具兵(其中一名躺倒),后面的窗外正电闪雷鸣。

这幅画中的故事发生在德国的一个小镇,主人公在那里度过了一段时光。这段经历影响了她如何看待周围世界和文化以及她自己在其中的定位。

这些猴子是您可以在当地纪念品市场上买到的陶瓷“茶具”,通常以“不见邪恶,不听邪恶,不讲邪恶”三个一组出售。由于背景原因,我选择只包括与讲相关的内容(因为讲是比较主动的,听和看比较被动)。更广泛的观点是,通过中国的社交媒体,今天的人们可能比以往任何时候都有更多的发言权,但仍然存在许多非常传统的社会和文化影响;这些影响对发声或向世界传播的内容具有重大影响。