Bai Yilian has a pluralist's view of portraiture, seeing human beings as only one potential subject for the flattering processing of sitting. Her view of the time spent posing, the face-to-face encounter in the studio, is different here as well. Time passes and the body of the goose becomes the feathers and a skill. The tree trunk is decorated with the scars of shed limbs, the man produces a physical heir and the artist's body is smeared with the ghostly encounter of those who have gone.
Oil on linen, 86.5 x 61 cmView in shop »
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Oil on linen, 61 x 86.5 cmView in shop »
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