The canvas of Shi Mohan’s painting is like a moth in the dark night, revolving around the themes: innocence, reflection, desire, ignorance and curiosity. The inner flame struggles to spiral into the sky, hovering long and steadily. Shi create works of art by taking the present aesthetics, which are available and lively, and combines it with her imagination. After which, everything is translated onto the canvas. When there is conflict in her judgment, she chooses to amuse herself in an entirely self-centric manner. Maybe this willfulness in being conceptually domineering is the “authentic world” that the artist wishes to express, or perhaps it is a form of ridicule towards the harshness of reality.
In the artist’s words: “If all my works in 2013 are kneaded into one thread, it becomes a feeling of exhaustion and anxiousness towards our reality. Either randomly created or planned for a long time, some of these works may not look friendly, however later on they reveal the necessity and profundity of life itself. Because we are stuck in our situations, which we obsess about, thus all these daily gossip become the distractions from our spare times.”
Shi Mohan was born in 1983, at Shenyang, China. In 2006, she graduated from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. Shi jocularly calls herself a life illustrator. Pleasantly and sensitively, she documents the nitty-gritty of her own life, portraying many bizarre and outlandish thoughts and desires on the canvas.