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THE SECRET GARDEN

An interactive installation with three levels of space and presented in stop-motion animation.

The stop-motion animation, exhibited at Gallerie V in Cambridge and Batsford Gallery in London in 2023, also earned Runner-up in The Batsford Prize's Fine Art category.

In our childhood, we all liked to seek a secret base that only belongs to ourselves, and regarded it as a sacred place, where our internal world will be protected and respected. And our self-awareness will increase day by day when experiencing those secrets. This is an experience of self-existence and self-development, a nature of human beings. This enlightened me to come up with the concept of “The Secret Garden”. This garden could be books, graffiti, music, pets and anything that can help children to avoid external pressures and immerse themselves in the internal 

world. Thus, I designed a “Gray Apartment”, where every room hides a story of different children, and in those secret corners, their respective little gardens are growing unceasingly. Most important of all, this kind of avoidance is not escape, but to recapture the self-awareness and the harmonious relationship with the external world. Therefore, these tiny little garden of children grow wildly after breaking through the constraints of the gray world, and a present from the secret garden connects them together in a beautiful world.

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The Secret Garden

2019

23.4 x 22.7 x 16.4 cm

Materials: art paper, cardboard, nylon, iron wire, thread, arcylic, watercolor, digital collage.

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THE RED DRAGONFLY

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In my childhood, red dragonflies always appeared when the summer rain was approaching, under the guidance of a red dragonfly I found a beautiful neverland and met many friends. But after this place has undergone huge changes, I have never seen them again. Those things that are passed in my life, like a fading dream.

When I was young, there were many

red dragonflies.

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The Red Dragonfly

2019  

Interactive picture book

20 x 40 cm, 24p

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