''My work is a continuous search into the possibilities of painting and the equally persistent impossibility of not painting. As an artist I am based in Beijing and The Hague. Because of this my paintings are maybe as much embedded in Western art history, as they are influenced by Chinese daily live. With this I mean what I see, when I am strolling through the streets of Beijing. It are the quick-fix solutions that struck me, the inventiveness to solve a small problem in a very direct provisional way.
Like cardboard leaning against car wheels kept in position by bricks or material that is just available at the moment. It serves as a solution to protect them against peeing dogs. Or draughty windows that are often screened off with a piece of plastic foil, which is attached with slats or other accessories that happen to be available. Aesthetic concerns are not an issue here, the solutions are purely functional. I want to make paintings with a similar kind of mentality. I try to steal and appropriate this mentality. I could say that painting is a way of problem solving.
Although it feels difficult to solve them with the same necessity as those quick-fixes that I admire from China, these often feel more real. Painting as a performative act is real for me. The final painting is a recording of this act. I build them preferably with as less layers as possible, I want them to be very open, as an image they should be easy to read. I like my paintings to work as a magic trick that explains itself, without losing it's magic. They should be completely self-evident. Recently I started to bring in ‘real' magic tricks/sculptures, to give more context to my paintings.''