We love the melancholy spring of Hsiao Ron Cheng – images of bunnies, flowers and young girls often crying or sadly gazing. They seem influenced by Mark Ryden, yet they have a beautiful strong botanical base. Her pale pink and green pastel palette reminds us of faded wallpaper, left in the sun too long.
Hsiao works in pencil, oils, mixed media and digital. Currently she lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Her creative practice is influenced by Surrealism and Medieval art. ‘I love the way Medieval artists told stories, they have always fascinated me and this work was inspired by many of them,’ she says.
The following excerpts are from an interview we found, at Pull The Metal. We have re-worded a few phrases which seemed awkward due to the language translations.
Your imagination plays between childhood and cruel creatures, could you talk about it? A year ago I met a little girl and let her talk while she was drawing. She drew a lot of big heads with scars, and said: “They all get hurt because their heads are too big, so they bump together.” And then she drew some tiny people inside a big head and said: “These tiny people live in here, the big head is their room.” Although the image she presented was rough and not scary, I could imagine that if those ideas were painted realistically, the image would be pretty creepy and scary. Children’s minds are so pure, even it’s cruel or evil. It’s very important for me to create work honestly like a child and make my work sincere in its intentions.
You paint your girls with porcelain faces and glass eyes like dolls, what is your personal connection with dolls? I love the physicality and the metaphysical nature of children. Dolls enhance the proportions of children (like mini sized children), so that a little kid can take care of them, be their little mommy or daddy or friend. I like the relationship between children and dolls. In my childhood, I did believe my doll could actually hear my words and I could hear her too. After growing up, I imagine them more like real kids, walking around in my stories.
Link to Hsiao’s Website
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