ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016 上海廿一當代藝術博覽會2016
ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2016
10 November – 13 November 2016
Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
Lulu NGIE delights in studying the human psyche expressed through a person’s body language: how we stand, sit, lie, and move, however subtly, reveals what we think and feel. When experiencing uncomfortable emotions such as acute embarrassment, anxiety, or fear, we often try to protect ourselves by seeking distractions or rationalising our feelings. Sometimes we try to laugh it off. These and other coping mechanisms are almost instinctive. Just as the physical body can heal itself after suffering from an injury, the mind, too, has the ability to recover its equanimity after a trauma. The desire to protect ourselves is strong in all living beings who seek self-preservation. Through works following a Chinese painting tradition called Yi-bi, done mostly in ink on paper, Ngie shares her fascination in this often unnoticed but powerful part of our mental world.