My research question is: How does public art operate in the new digital world?
I believe that public art has a responsibility to highlight societal issues, allowing for reflection and criticism. Therefore, the central theme of my work is an exploration of Chinese history and politics, in response to the long-term politicization of Chinese public art. These works can provide renewed inspiration for artists who seek to use art to reflect politics and history, and to show the world richer and more interesting thinking from China under political pressure.
I believe that most galleries and museums will be converted to online in the future. Access to artworks will no longer depend on restrictions of location and funding, and the way of seeing will change accordingly. How will galleries display public artworks in this future virtual space? What possibilities are created for the viewer? I am interested in these questions.
My work focuses on the gap between public art and virtual art, and also provides a new way of seeing. I was inspired by VR technology, which breaks geographical and physical limitations and gives new perspectives and experiences to the audience. I make VR works and upload them to the Internet so that audiences can experience them freely at any time. Access to my work, therefore, is not restricted by a physical space, and so potential audiences are increased – allowing greater opportunity for public art to exert its influence.