Chinese artist Li Feng works in his studios in Shanghai and Los Angeles, where he is inspired by the everyday: people, language and the poetic ironies of life. A painter and poet best known for his striking works on canvas, he works in acrylic, oil, coloured powder and mixed media techniques, often implementing collage in his painterly practice.
A: In Issue 115 of Aesthetica, we featured The Adventure Journey. Who are the subjects – are they real people, a composite of various people or are they purely from your imagination?
LF: Human society is another jungle. For individuals, they are a mixed image of the known and the unknown, as well as the interwoven inner self. Sometimes wandering among them, the identity of each other will unconsciously be weakened or blurred, becoming indistinct. Only when one is alone, the concepts of “self” and “other” will emerge and gradually become clear.
A: You are inspired by the everyday: people, language and the poetic ironies of life. What has led you to this?
LF: Indeed, there was a time when I felt emotionally down, silently painting, and due to years of writing, I began to organize the rather scattered poetry manuscripts I had accumulated over the years. In my daily life, I discovered early on my sharp sense of words. They combine and record the spiritual history of my life.
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