Using the images of paintings from the British industrial revolution in 18th century, I have traced
paintings by old masters including J.M.W Turner’s, George Stubbs’, and Joseph Wright of
Derby’s. Inspired by methods of William Kentridge, I have created a short stop-motion animation
with hand-traced drawing sequences. My recent work reflects on the current chaotic political
situation as a consequence of the EU referendum and Brexit. Using the graphic language of
painting and the moving image, I refer to ideas of the present in history, tradition, visual aesthetics
and Britishness as values of a past era that was itself connected with the ideas of progress and
success of modern times.
For this series of paintings, the diamonds are also the final outcomes from constant
religious practices, as well as the unbreakable seeds of God. We are the creatures of
God, need no condition to be happy because already created perfect. But they are our
thoughts and desires make us think that we need more and never feel enough. For this
works, I have created human figures onto the images of multiple diamonds to remind
the viewers an eternal presence of the divinity within ourselves. I sometimes see
myself and others victorious in life and even become so powerful by accepting the
divine both within and from the above. Being with God and working with God results spectacular! I truly appreciated that I can express my experiences and messages very clearly and this becomes more meaningful to share with others.
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