“I moved to Finland, lived in a Finnish-Chinese family and received art education in both places for nearly 20 years. Over the years, my creative themes have always been freedom and love in conflict and harmony.”
“I have moved to Finland, lived in a Finnish-Chinese family and received art education in both countries for nearly 20 years. Over the years, my creative theme has always been freedom and love in conflict and harmony. People, birds and stamps are the main elements of my works. People are shown meticulously in the context of freehand brushwork. The bird is a metaphor for freedom. The stamp has been regarded as an important element since the composition of the painting and is closely integrated with the image. The words of the stamp include ancient Chinese poetic phrases, such as "流水香 Flowing Water Fragrant", "草惊风 Wind Blowing Grass ", etc., and some inscriptions, such as "Love" and "自由 Freedom"; there are Chinese and English as well as Finnish, such as "Running tree" and "Vapaus" and many more.
With the use of ink, color and gold foil, stamps and patterns, concrete and abstract, exaggeration and realism, I constantly transform contradictions into harmony. The forests and lakes of Finland are the backgrounds of my work. The wonderful forest contains various life forces. Everything takes its place in the crowd. The lake reflects the brilliance of various spirits. The individual's soul poured out in the silence, joyously in the constant flow. Multiculturalism gives creativity an endless drive."
Hong Liu-Sertti has had solo shows at Pori Art Museum, Finland and South China Art Museum. She has been in group shows including the Official Pavilion of Bangladesh 58th Venice Biennale as well as Art Basel Miami Beach among others.
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