Surveying / 勘查 / Begutachtung
Oil on Canvas
28" x 22"
Completed in 2013
Inventory # 4365.101.2013.10.007
© Matthew Felix Sun
Last weekend, Issue 8 (May 2014) of Pomona Valley Review was published online and two of my paintings were included in this new edition, following the publication of my two paintings and an installation in their last year's edition, Issue 7.
The paintings included in the magazine were an oil painting, Surveying (2013), and a gouache painting, Wildflowers (2014).
These two paintings, different in sizes, media, and particularly colors - one was monochromatic and the other burst with colors - shared my current fascination with intricate and repeating patterns, evident in the whirling wasted fields in Surveying and undulating flowers and green leaves in Wildflowers.
This semi-abstract work was inspired by a vision of a field of destruction, where only visible things are charred stumps or stalks. Above this vast destruction and sadness, glided a ghostly white figure, who, through her outstretched arms, tried to touch the wounds of the earth, consoling the suffering souls as her survey the misery. A vision of sorrow and compassion.
This painting is also part of my "White Dress" Series, though this is the first one in the series has a "person" wearing the dress.