1995 – Present
These paintings were inspired by my childhood memories when the circus or Chinese opera troupe visited my town. These were the first forms of entertainment that I was exposed to. In the travelling circus performances in China the acts were heavily based on the power of Qigong, which is basically a combination of medicine, martial arts, and philosophy. Later when I was in the army we would encounter these performances from time to time.
When I stated this series, I was thinking about the congruence of these shows as entertainment and their violent subject matter.