Chinese artist expresses uprooting with skulls
From May 16th to June 20th, Chinese artist Jacky Tsai will present his work at Scream London for an exhibition called Eastern Orbit. Based in London since 2006, Tsai is trying to create a link between the two cultural worlds he has been evolving around all his life. Mixing several techniques and styles along with those two strong cultural influences, Jacky Tsai achieves a beautiful result of recurrent Western themes that are almost obsessive, like the skulls, and expressed with Eastern motifs and techniques, such as the hand-painted Porcelain Skull which is reminiscent of the traditional Chinese porcelain.
The skulls appear as a leitmotif throughout his work, as if Tsai had been struck by our Western obsession with death. He then mixes it with typical Eastern themes, like the aforementioned the porcelain that is reminiscent of food and tradition. Using his art as a crossroads, we can feel Tsai trying to gather parts of him that are pulling in opposite directions. He seems to have found comfort in the role of an artist by stepping back and observing his world with a more accurate eye. The result is an intelligent mix of various forms of art that express a feeling of uprooting that has become well too known in our open and international world.