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Li Si-Rong & Jenny Zhong – And So, We Build An Amusement Park On The Uninhabited Island

February 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am March 2, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Li Si-Rong & Jenny Zhong – And So, We Build An Amusement Park On The Uninhabited Island

12 Feb – 2 Mar 2022
Opening: Saturday 12 February 10am – 4pm
Central Space

Covid-19, pandemic, we are stuck at home. Our daily circle has shrunk from the entire city to home, and the majority of our activities have moved to virtual spaces. In retrospect, quarantine is like everyone returning to their own uninhabited island.

On our uninhabited island, we frequently put ourselves in a trance by staring at a specific space without thinking anything. Just letting thoughts wander around with peace, like meditation with eyes opened, creating tranquility in our body.

Dreaming and daydreaming. We are fantasising about a beautiful illusion. Darkness will be defeated when we are deep in fantasy. We weave one beautiful story after another, gazing at one attractive creature after another. Everything is wonderful and luminous.

Jenny Zhong

Jenny Zhong’s artworks are responses to states of fantasising. Fantasy can bring positive energy to people, and it can relieve the pressure brought by everyday life. Painting can be a form of communication with imagination in her creations. Each colour on Zhong’s brush are distinct characters with distinct personalities. Each piece of art is made up of different colours. Their union creates a one-of-a-kind world that is entirely theirs, as well as a record of their personal life story. Each story is a microcosm of life, a flourishing bubble influenced by the artist’s interactions with their spirits.

The audience will generate touch through the guidance of play and use touch to extend and connect further with each piece. When the sensation hits a crucial tipping-point, a “push” will activate the delay unit, and as a result of intuitive play, the work rotates.

Li Si-Rong

Li Si-Rong’s work is composed of diary, memories, daily debris, objects, gaze, empathy poems, and creative and theoretical reflection.

On Si-Rong’s uninhabited island, she lives with many objects. She resembles their centre. They must surround her and support her to complete daily routines. She knows that she does not need much since everything in her everyday life revolves around the same objects at home. She knows that they have been watching her every single move and that they are coequal. She is viewed by everyday objects all the time – this is a close and reciprocal relationship.

Considering the object-gaze and the concept of object-oriented ontology, Si-Rong sought to redraw everyday objects in an abstract way; an attempt to rearrange them in a new way. She presents everything in daily life that we take for granted via personal observation and reorganisation in the form of ceramics, photography, poetry and painting.

About the Artists:

Li Si-Rong

Born in 1994 in Tainan, Taiwan

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Li Si Rong received her M.F.A. from Elam, University of Auckland. She is a mixed-media artist, focusing specifically on everyday life and the relationship between humanity and things. She works across diverse mediums from painting, sculpture, photography, installation, to poetry. With an illusion rich in everyday objects and debris, Si-Rong’s artistic conception aims to integrate the deconstructed little events and fragmented slices of daily routines.

Jenny Zhong

Born in 1996 in China

Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand

Jenny Zhong received her B.F.A and M.F.A. from Elam, University of Auckland.

She is a participatory installation artist who utilises her audience’s ability to trigger the rotation of shaped canvases and wooden panels. Other recent work makes use of mixed media painting and sculpture to examine the collision of imagination, fantasy daydream, play and positive emotions.


February 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am
March 2, 2022 @ 3:30 pm
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