PREPARE: EXHIBITION IN DALIAN

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But there has been a whirlwind in my life.

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Location: Dalian, China

It has been a while since I update anything here with words (yes words, and I am so rusty with them!). But there has been a whirlwind in my life, a newly revamped website (as you can see), an unforgettable working trip, my first solo exhibition, my first installation art piece, and I can’t wait to share with you right now, right here. (And I vow to update more often here, pinky promise!)

I have been busy working with Chongqing Times Square and Dalian Times Square for a month long of activities. It consists of an exhibition of a few of my 2d floral artworks, a large floral installation art, and a series of interactive workshops. The works were first shown to public at Chongqing during early May and later transferred to Dalian as a continuous event. In these few posts, I am going to share everything from preparation to setup to workshops. Phew, talk about being tedious, it definitely takes more than just a few posts to complete this whole chain of work!

Never in my life I would have thought of having my first solo exhibition in China. And this is actually my very first time visiting mainland China.

I met my latest and biggest challenge when we had to complete the 3d installation artwork using 3000+ real and preserved flowers, from baby’s breath, hydrangea, to roses and carnations. For days, all we did was cutting stalks and tying up the blooms at the basement studio. As you can see from the pictures above, we were stuck in a maze of baby’s breath, and it was still far away from the final look. To slow down the wilting process, we had to spray the flowers every few hours, and keeping the temperature as stable as possible. For the preserved flowers, it seems to be the latest heat of floristry, which flowers could remain in shape for as long as 3 to 5 years. And I can’t be more thankful to have these in my artworks. To me, they are simply match made in heaven.

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