蘇聯科學文藝作家伊林 (Маршак, Илья Яковлевич) (1896~1953) 的作品《十萬個為什麼》扉頁上引用了英國詩人吉百齡的詩句:
Пять тысяч Где,
Cемь тысяч Как,
Сто тысяч Почему!
The Cover: The Monument of One Thousand Hundred Whys
2014, Charcoal and inkjet on archival paper, 144 x 100 cm
2013/<Family Photo Album: Washing> series
The series <Family Photo Album: Washing> based on my personal family history and how my family joined The Great Escape to Hong Kong – the history of the tide of mass immigration –in the 70s. It tells the stories of many separated families between Hong Kong and China.
The beginning idea of the project about my migrant background was looking for any material about my deceased father. In the artwork of “<Family Photo Album: Washing> series”, a family album was photographed in a way of documentation.
Family album is a very common memory association. It is private and intimate while at the same time represents collective memory of family and kinship. It was a collection of photos taken by my father recording the life of my parents before I was born and my mother and I lived in Mainland. My father was enthusiastic about photographing us during separation. Photos of him in the collection were deliberately thrown away along with all his belongings by his grieved wife in front of the eyes of his children. It was a desperate deed to deny the horrible fact of the loss of her husband. It was also a helpless and speechless situation for her children. Those memories came back to me while I was tracing and imagining the loss photos upon the empty spaces of the album. The intention of depicting emotion towards those happenings is clear. Raindrops was chosen as an interpretant to communicate with the audience.
Found mnemonic material was used in most of my artwork about personal migrant history. The works focuses on personal family memories of the distant past before I was born. (Some of the photos in the album were captured before I was born.) By looking at the photos for thousand times and heard of my mother’s narrations, they had coined in my mind which I imagined my presence in the scene with my parents. I could “see” how this photo was captured by my father who is now passed away.