Faculty of Art

Drawing and Painting

Jessica Liu

There Is A Very Long Story

Digital Media
Digital scan, ink and acrylic on canvas
20 x 12 (h x w) inches
Text translated through Google Translate from Simplified Chinese, unedited.February 18 2015.There is a very long storyAt that time you were relatively small I used to be an official, and later resigning business.10 years, more successful and very famous in China also been in the cppccAugust 14 2002as a result of China's power struggle and fight the ma'' (?)I failedwas framedand imprisonedall my assets are off set by bank debt and have been confiscatedSince then, I have no way, working hard and making eight years in prison committed to get ahead of the criminal record for seven yearsin 2010 return to societyat that time, wanted to return to Canada and to you, your mom, reunion, but the Canadian consulate refused!and told that before 2020could not go to Canada because I have the economic recordin desperationI chose to start again! I passed four of hard work to forget life and (?) help entrepreneurs start a success!now see the results

“The tension of using both the scanner and ink on canvas aligns with trying to bring these intangible moments and emotions to something that can be seen. With my education in the history and practice of traditional Chinese landscape painting I found there are similarities in the ancient art practice and using technology as a painting tool. There is a level of control and of chance. Much like the controlling and yielding to the ink simultaneously in Chinese landscape painting, I controlled several factors in the settings of a scan as well as moving lighting and the object in question, but the result was always a play with chance. The same concept applies to our personal narratives. There is a level of control, but I am particularly interested and fond of the “yielding”. This work encourages the viewer to do the same. To listen, interact, and yield to the telling of a human being’s story.”

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Jessica Liu


“She believes her narrative wouldn’t exist without her living it with others.”