Gallery artist, Chen Ping's work titled 'Unseen Forest, Red Bird with White Man, 2013' has recently been acquired by National University of Singapore Museum.
The acquired painting relates to a series of work painted in 2013 which exhibited in the 2013, Personal Structures exhibition 'Culture, Mind, Becoming' at the La Biennale Di Venezia.
To accompany the exhibition Chen Ping writes:
"Ancerstor Di Jun was a god with the head of a bird, the body of a monkey and only one leg. There was a country in which the people all had one head and three bodies. These were Di Jun's children. He had another ten sons who came out one at a time after washing in the South-east sea and then took turns to work as the sun in the sky. He also had twelve daughters who were the moons, they always bathed in the remote west and took turns to come out at night. Occasionally, Di Jun came down to meet five coloured birds in the east valley. They danced joyfully. In the ancient Chinese myth, the creator of the world, Pan Gu, had the head of a dog and the body of a human. Nu Wa, the goddess who created humans, had the face of a women and the body of a snake. The first King, Huang Di, was a bird with four wings and six legs. There was also a god of the ocean and wind, and he was sometimes a fish with a human face and sometimes a bird.
These great majestic creatures, once the carriers of the human spirit, are now nowhere to be seen. Their forests have been lost. Since the dream of communism shattered, we have turned ourselves into hungry hunters of concrete reality, and our souls have been transmuted. I traverse among spirit, Illusion and reality; mingle man with landscape and animals. This is where I could once again let my spirit fly. Looking down, I incresingly disengage from politics and society."
"The phoenix has never come in the sky, the picture has never appeared from the river, and yet my life is near the end!' - Confucius"