Date of Submission

Spring 2019

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Studio Arts

Project Advisor 1

Daniella Dooling

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Arts of Bard College.

In Between Intimacy

Zijiao Li (Luci)

It is a space in between private relations. Come in, people, you can feel it; come in first.

I set up a domestic space, starting from the outside to the inside, where the LED light framed “door” welcomes people in and the slowly changing sky with moving clouds embraces and greets my guests. Passing by a short hallway, seven paired up abstract paintings, and self-made tables wait quietly and loudly. Each pair suggests a specific room in a house, such as a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and a balcony. The placement of paintings and tables is distorted, plenty of spaces are left in between since I could not give more meaning to them: everywhere may seem ordinary but may have a unique meaning to certain individuals. I have personal links to all of them, but those are my secret feelings, and I don’t reveal them in my work. I hope everyone can find their own from here and keep them well. These non-direct and unspecific emotions are so vague and intimate, that makes them the most beautiful treasure of human sensation that illuminates the rooms with a humanistic glow. It feels even brighter than the LED strip light from the entrance door.

Many traces and clues thread through this show. The color green is ubiquitous - the LED lights, the stenciled title, borders of paintings, things on the tables, and the invitation card. It brings the vital breath of life and energy when the atmosphere of the exhibition may become too heavy. Likewise, the black line exists in every painting, in which it indicates a gestural expression and more importantly, resembles the style of Chinese calligraphy that speaks to my own culture.

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