In this set of grati-esque paintings, the images of the cat and the mouse as in the American cartoon Tom and Jerry appear over and over again, together with confrontational lines from poetries. Both components constitute each other, without representing each other.
(The lines are excerpts taken from The Tiananmen Poems, published in 1979. This anthology collects poetries that were written around the time of the Qingming Festival in April 1976 when people in Beijing voluntarily gathered at the Tiananmen Square, to mourn the death of the Country’s Premier Zhou Enlai, and to denounce “The Gang of Four”. In this work, I have deliberately omitted the terms in the original poems that were related to “commemoration and condemning” and chosen the vocabulary about sceneries and expressions of emotion. But the consciousness of class struggle still comes through such expressions.)