This World in a Nutshell


2017
charcoal, watercolor
31 in. x 43 in.

During rush hours, the subways in Beijing are packed with commuters. Everyone tries to hold onto the handrails (or, at least the other hands gripping the rails.) Hundreds of bodies jammed into the carriages sway, collide, rub against each other as the subway travels. I see this imagery as a perfect metaphor for life.

“Let's absurdify life, from east to west. Let us play hide-and-seek with our consciousness of living.” (Fernando Pessoa)