The Apocalypse


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"The Apocalypse" by Winnie Chen, 2016.

Material: Sketch paper, watercolor, watercolor pencil, crayon, black ink.

Years ago (precisely speaking, in 2012), the trend of natural catastrophe / mythical destruction / extraterrestrial invasion themes were featured in movies and other kinds of media. All these versions of human apocalypse seemed to work in the “dramatic, overwhelming style” that evolved panic, despair, and everything related to the dark side of humanity. In contrast, everyone calmly expecting the process of perishment and perhaps revival in somewhere else in the universe (maybe that's the origin of the aliens?) might be the closest version to my expectation for the end of the world.

多年前(確切來說就是2012年)各種自然災難/神秘力量崛起/外星人入侵等等主題充斥於電影以及其他各種媒體之中。所有版本的人類末日似乎都以一種「戲劇性且具壓倒性氣勢」的方式進行,並包含恐慌、絕望以及所有跟人性黑暗面相關的東西。我想像中的「末日場景」和這些電影相差甚遠,大概比較接近人們靜待死亡、並在宇宙的另一個角落重生的過程(說不定外星人是這樣來的?)。

I thought of a line from the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman (a.k.a. Father of free verse/ one of the most influential poets of all time) when doing this piece, which claimed that "there's no real death but another form of life." Animals and plants gradually wither and die,then slowly fade away like smoke, then grasses and trees start new lives upon these remnants. Human lives work the same.

在創作的過程中,我想到了一行詩,出自于惠特曼(自由詩之父,同時也是文壇最具影響力的詩人之一)的「自我之歌」。主旨大約是在說:並沒有真正的「死亡」,而是另一種形式的生命。動植物漸漸衰老,然後像煙一般的慢慢逝去,接著草木又從這些殘骸之中新生。人也是一樣的道理。

We were born from the cosmos, so we eventually will return to that original state. Then the origin of life starts somewhere else again. Thus, I think the "ultimate Apocalypse (extinction)" doesn’t exist; only the cycle of life and death goes on and on.

我們從宇宙而生,因此終將回歸至那最原始的狀態。接著,生命的起源又會於某處再度開始。就像一個循環一樣,其實是沒有所謂完全的「滅絕」的。

xx, Winnie WYC

@_winniewyc_