Guo Wei, acrylic on canvas, 2001
The Chinese artist Guo Wei paints the isolation of the individual. As a result of a strictly communist society, individuality is lost in relation to a sense of collectivity. He mainly portrays Chinese youth from large cities who, as a new generation, experience the limitations in their development. With emotional expressions, from aggression to apathy, the artist points to the inner alienation they experience because of the lack of possible self-development.
‘Interior with mosquitoes and moths’ shows the image of isolated boys. The one-child policy gave them preference over girls, which led to an unequal proportion. The withered roses symbolize the unfulfilled desire. The symbolic presence of destructive mosquitoes and moths also points to the inevitable, as a result of rules imposed by the state.
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