See, Saw October 25 - November 27, 2012 Xia Xiaoli (Nini Sum)

Opening Reception: October 25, 2012 from 7:00-9:00pm

Fine artist, illustrator, toy sculptor, print maker and the founder of screen printing studio Idlebeats, Nini Sum is a lady with many hats, for whom any juggling act would prompt a seesaw sprouting into imagination. Lately, the little device is swinging a lot, throwing up a series of surreal and quietly subversive images linking what she saw and what she sees.

Combining figurative drawings, surrealism and abstract painting with her favorite personal symbology, Sum’s works represent a visual and tangible interplay between philosophy, fantasy and the world of dreams. Enter it and one will find a string of free associative ideas through to “the shadow side” – the collective unconscious where what we see is muddled by our tactile sensory and what is saw is blurred with perceived reality.

Creatures big or small, captured in their split identities, fetish attires and psychedelic landscapes are exaggerated in their ‘otherness’, coated in multiple selves which may be misunderstood, marginalized, downtrodden, mistreated, ostracized or categorized. As life’s shifts and changes brings along personal poetics bounded by awe and absurdity, there’s not much one can do besides standing motionless and helpless, waiting for our deliverance.