“The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.”
----Demian, Hermann Hesse
From a micro perspective, everyone's present comes from the destruction of the past, especially for artist. They have resistance and feedback to the current status, which become the cornerstone of creation. The present will become the past in next second. We think about the course of the past, disassemble it, comprehend it, and acquire clues to the future from it; from deconstructing the past, we can obtain a blueprint for constructing the future.
The various experiences of the growth process are the nutrients that nourish the artist's unique style, and provide a path to discover the past. Kwon Ki-Soo’s “Dongguri” came from the artist’s experience of the Korean economic depression during the growth process. In order to sweep away the haze of the past, he created Dongguri with a smile on his face, hoping to heal himself and everyone. Chiharu Nishizawa recalled his childhood memories. He used toys and amusement park as a source of inspiration. He looked at the place where children play, with adult eyes. Such as "Merry-Go-Round", it seems that as we grow older, we no more see things with naive eyes like a child.
Chen Jing Liang brought the memories of primary school desks and chairs into his creation. He used ceramics as a medium to create wooden desks and chairs, transforming familiar things into unexpected sensory experiences, and reconstructing memories of the childhood. Give it a new touch. Liao Yu'an is good at observing the life of contemporary society and transforming people into deformed animals, which looks grotesque and implied meanings. Especially for issues such as environmental protection, ideology, etc., were being displayed in a black humor and cartoon way. Apart from fable, it is undoubtedly reveal an expectation of a better future.
For doubting current situation, some artists have focused on popular culture. In the past, pop culture might seem to be kitsch for art. Artists observed this, they took advantage of the commonality of popular culture, translated it into a symbol of a specific culture. Eddie Kang used video game as elements to his creation. "Life is Like an Intense Game" provided in dazzling colors to highlight the meaning of life as a game. In Kim Dong Yoo’s work, faces made up of mosaics, they were Marilyn Monroe and Kennedy, build up each other's appearance, and will stay in the golden age of life forever.
Every moment becomes the past in the next moment, and the artist has their own struggles and imaginations about those deceased facts. The creation of the artists is like deconstructing past experience from the future; and all kinds of things in the past have also been constantly pondered, refined, and removed through the test of time. After that, we'll arrive a better future.