“Catastrophe and the Power of Art” Work #5: Huang Hai-Hsin
Born 1984 in Taipei, Taiwan, and currently based in New York.
The situation depicted in Red Carpet Dream #3 seems to be a wedding, but the venue is empty, the bride’s face is hard to see, and the whole picture looks unrealistic. It is also strange that only a keyboard player is present for some reason. In Silent Night, a Christmas tree is on fire but all the family members are covering their faces with their hands and arms. Though they appear to be waiting for their Christmas presents blindfolded, they also seem to be looking away from reality. What is depicted in Huang’s paintings is the comical nature of ordinary people living regular everyday lives. She depicts our reality that often turns out to be far from the ideals that we have imagined, and at the same time, the glazed eyes of the figures in her works seem to symbolize the subtle unease of people today.