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In 2008 we received two small print series of large-format woodblock prints by Li Haiping from China. It blew our socks off. The two series are about lips and hands and speak for themselves. The series with the lips is called Common Day and the other one Hand.
Lips and Hands
Artist's Short Resumé
Li Haiping was born in Mojiang city of Yunnan province in 1982. In 2001 he finished his art studies at a senior high school associated with Yunnan Fine Art Academy. In 2007 he finished his printmaking studies with Wang Yuhui, a leading painter and print maker at Yunnan Fine Art Academy.
Large Woodblock Prints
The series Common Day and Hands were created in Chinese woodblock technique. The colors used are thick, oil-based inks. The edition number is very small with just 8 copies and the prints are pretty large.
These Lips ...
We received a statement by the artist about his Common Day series. It is a bit sophisticated, and honestly, I do not really get it. But not important.
"For my Common Day series I chose one part of the human body, the lips, as the background of the artwork to zoom in. I chose the lips because we cannot live without them. And I bring the lips in comparison to my life. Bringing real life and lips together, I create my existence in an unknown space. This is what I am looking for."
"I enjoy a simple life. This kind of life makes me happy. It is my deep desire out of my whole heart."
... and These Hands
Li Haiping gave us an explanation for his series Hands.
"For this series I chose the human hand and insects as the theme. We create our life by the help of our hands. Hands are a symbol of doing work and creating things. With the depiction of the insects I want to point out that every form of life is capable to create new life, no matter how small it is. The art work gives us a tranquil moment. Control for the new life that we create is in our hands. As long as we understand and read our own life, we are creating your own lives."
Video about Li Haiping
A few years ago we produced a short video about the artist.