See, Saw By Nini Sum
Thursday, October 25 – Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Fine artist, illustrator, toy sculptor, print maker and the founder of screen printing studio Idlebeats, Nini Sum is a lady with many hats, for whom any juggling act would prompt a seesaw sprouting into imagination. Lately, the little device is swinging a lot, throwing up a series of surreal and quietly subversive images linking what she saw and what she sees.
Combining figurative drawings, surrealism and abstract painting with her favorite personal symbology, Sum’s works represent a visual and tangible interplay between philosophy, fantasy and the world of dreams. Enter it and one will find a string of free associative ideas through to “the shadow side” - the collective unconscious where what we see is muddled by our tactile sensory and what is saw is blurred with perceived reality.
“Painting to me is an expression of images and scenes that consciousness brought in. The process of creation is filled up with struggle and lonesomeness, but that’s the rare path to inner peace and pure bliss if you are being truly honest with the flow of the sublime.”- Nini Sum
Born 1986 in Nanjing, the Shanghai-based artist is a Visual Communication graduate at Jiangnan University. Her recent show include Spot Light- China Youth Art Exhibition 2012.