Dandan Luo - Artist Statement

After graduation from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC, I continue to make artworks. My work is an externalization of my own experience, dreams, and imagination. 

Life is trouble, we have the opportunity to make the best of it. I often use culturally accessible symbols. Putting them in disorienting contexts, I invite viewers to consider their less saccharin associations. This allows viewers the freedom to decipher these symbols and interpret them as they may.

If life is imperfect, are we still allowed to dream? Following the paths created in my works, viewers can take personal journeys of imagination, wandering through the imageries which intersect on the same plane of visual representation, but also diverge. My intent is encouraging. Viewers might get a laugh and feel the positivity as they discover bits and pieces, twists and turns of my paintings and other works, just like how we navigate our experience of the world where we never have complete understanding.

生活是烦恼,我们尽我们所能创造最好的生活。我喜欢描绘那些人们眼熟的文化符号,把它们放到颠倒混乱的环境中,让观者重新思考这些看似美好但又有所欠缺的符号的意义。观者可以基于自身的经历对这些符号重新解读。生活不虽能完美,我们是否还可以有梦想?观者在我的画中,寻着一条条线索,放飞自己的想象,在各种共存在一个空间中、又不在一个频道上的符号中游走。我态度是正能量的。咀嚼完画中的点滴,观者也许会心一笑,就像在我们永远不能完全解读的世界中,起承转合之后,总有美好的希望。