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