Da Hen Li House Cycle- All I Can Remember
2013, Acrylic and marker on canvas, 107 x 198 cm
Chinese-American artist David Diao moved to Hong Kong from Chengdu when he was six years old and joined his father in New York when he was twelve. The Da Hen Li House series is the artist’s attempt to trace his childhood, and the physical remnants of the family’s life in Chengdu after they fled China shortly before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. Centring on his childhood home that was later demolished in 1979, the series re-creates the blueprint of the house through Diao’s recollection of a tennis court and the memories of his aunt. In Da Hen Li House Cycle—All I Can Remember, the tennis court appears in a location that differs from its original site, while other areas are left blank, aptly reflecting the displacement of the artist’s own identity and memory.
Photo courtesy of Postmasters Gallery, New York