55cm x 80 cm
Acrylic on canvas
This is kind of like a satire of the Chinese communist system in China.
I did this when I was in Secondary 2, so many of the painting techniques were not very mature.
The level of satisfaction was quite low after I finished this painting because I could not think up of a reason why I did this work.
What is the significance and meaning behind my painting?
I wasn’t sure at that point of time.
Only wanted to fulfill the requirements needed for the subject matter of this painting: a famous person and a fruit/vegetable.
After contemplating the meaning behind my art, I realise that I actually wanted to portray how the political system in China is very restrictive, with all the communist restrictions and all, during the Mao Zedong era.
Mao Zedong is sitting and looking straight at the audience, giving an authoritative stare, yet there’s a hint of a faint smile playing at his lips.
This shows how the dictator was too controlling over his people, and the tyrant that he was.
The two red chillis on the table signify the harsh treatment given to those who do not obey him.
They are also the source of the pun “Chill”
My grandfather died under his rule of China in the 1970s.
I heard from my parents and my grandmother about how the family suffered, especially my grandfather, causing his untimely death.
Hence, I would like to show the abovementioned through my painting.
However, I felt that I did not really succeed in doing so because the message conveyed in this painting is apparently not strong and impactful enough.
Perhaps I could have painted the more cruel side of Mao instead of this seemingly neutral side that I protrayed here.