During my childhood, I disliked going to studios where the teachers only let me draw inanimate fruits and vases, objects that I thought would only help enhance “skills” instead of visual expressions. However, when my fascination with doing portraits bloomed in middle school, all I cared about was to draw as realistic as possible. I started this piece at the age of 14, based on a picture of Coco Rocha (my favorite model of all time!) and a crown by Dolce & Gabanna (because I felt like adding something luxurious to match with her majestic features).
小時候，我不是很喜歡去畫室跟著老師的指示畫靜止的水果和花瓶，因為我認為那些訓練只能帶來技巧的進步而非視覺表達的能力。但是，當我對畫肖像的熱情在中學時綻放，我在乎的只有畫的越像越好。這幅是在我十四歲時開始，以一張Coco Rocha（我最欣賞的超模）的照片還有一頂出自Dolce&Gabanna 之手的皇冠（因為我想加一個華麗的東西來和她尊貴的面容相輝映），所組成的作品。
But I never finished it, because I didn’t know how to.
I did those out of an instinctive desire to capture beauty precisely, same as a lot of people. There was nothing wrong with that and I believe it was an important element to consider in the process. Yet I forgot how to express myself in my art while merely pursuing the techniques. I stared at it for several times, and still didn’t know what else it may be besides an enchanting image copied from a photo.
So it was pushed aside for quite a long while, until the day I cleaned my room weeks ago.
At this moment I had already experienced a couple brainstorming processes in previous projects that actually involved personal messages, so I decided to transform it with what I knew.
I burned it.
Not physically, but visually.
By putting undiluted red acrylic paint on the sketching paper and spread it out with a piece of cardboard, I felt just like setting fire on my past. Not to annihilate a part of me, but to revive and become a more mature artist.
xx, Winnie WYC
"Revival" (2017) by Winnie Chen
Material: Watercolor paper, color pencils, watercolor, acrylic paint