"Peranakan YaYa" (峇峇娘惹)
"Peranakan YaYa" by island6 Art Collective (Liu Dao)
// BLURB //
What does it mean to integrate? I tried asking my blues and reds this question, but the paint just bled together into an indescribably beautiful purple and I forgot why I wanted an answer. Oh! I remember now—it’s because I forget so often. Purple, as perfect as it is, makes one misremember what the blues and reds were like, as if they were moving necessarily toward perfection the entire time. And what if they were? This is the hope that my grandparents, Wang Wei and Wang Xiu Ying, carried with them as they traveled across Asian rivers and seas, and the hope that my parents inherited for me as they did the hard social climbing so that I could create beautiful things. On some level, integration is a kind of resistance, at least until it’s done. And then it’s a sort of racing escape from our ancestors which turns into a reconfiguration of a single coherent identity. It’s the butterfly that my brothers and sisters seem to chase but can never, ever capture. Baba Nyonya know this to be true. 
SOLD. Private collection, Hollywood, Florida.
Unique Edition, Shanghai 2019
RGB LED display, acrylic painting on Plexiglass, paper collage, teakwood frame
47(W)×66(H)×5.5(D) cm // 9.75 kg
• SLC SD Card
• 4×MWLPV20-5 (INPUT 100~240VAC@0.55A / OUTPUT 5V@3A)
• 3×RGB P4-L830-8S-1921V3.5 / D180526
61(W)×81(H)×22(D) cm // 24.4 kg
Who Needs Men Anyway?” at island6 Shanghai Main Space​​​​​​​
Owen 欧文 (painting) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & animation) • Carlin Reinig (blurb)
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