“The optimistic rising sun in Morning in China references the economic ascent of the Asian giant, even as its smoggy landscape hints at the potential environmental disaster such rapid expanse can bring. ” ~ press release, solo show, Winkleman Gallery, NY 2008
China Three Gorges Project: Paintings (2008-09)
These paintings are based on public relations images depicting the dam before and during construction found on the now-defunct ‘China Yangtse Three Gorges Development Corporation’ website [ http://www.ctgpc.com ]. The dam is the largest and most ambitious hydropower-complex project in the world. It took over three decades to build and has evolved into one of China’s most challenging environmental disasters. The drawings evoke traditional Chinese landscapes while re-purposing the documentation of the construction: landscape painting at the crossroads of nationalist propaganda and eco-rhetoric.