Cycle 迴, 2019 


Acrylic on Canvas, Mirror

163*62 inch (414*157.5cm)


The Buddhist religion believes there are three elements to life: a person has a pre-existence, a present life and a future life. This contemplation is referred to as “Samsara” (the cycle of existence) and it conceives that life is a cycle of repeated birth, a mundane existence and repeatedly dying. If we look at our own lives, we can also divide it into three distinct parts: the past, the present and the future. In this work, I would like to discuss how I see the past (memories), the current and the future. Exploring this will enable us to think about how we go though our life. 

When we are little, we are innocent and we obey others such as our parents and teachers. As a teenager, we become more emotional, fractious and brave. As we get older, we learn how to compromise because of the realities that we are confronted with, and hide our true thoughts. We soon become more diplomatic in our actions and our words, and aim to have a peaceful existence. We are very close to the future, with the future being the next moment in time. We expect a simple and smooth future, but what about the past? Actually, the past is still close, as it had only just happened. However, the past always seems more distant. This is because when we think about the past, we recall things that happened a long time ago rather than what happened just a moment ago. The past can be blurry, disorderly and unreal, especially if we are recalling a past memory, and it is actually a reconstruction of the actual event. This process is heavily influenced by various factors such as perception of a distinct reality and one’s faith.

The past, the present and the future, or the preexistence, the current life and the future life, are all tightly linked. They form a causal relationship with one another. The present is affected by the past, and the future is influenced by the present. It is worth considering whether: does the past impact the future?; do people create the past?; or does the past create who you are?