The artworks of You Wendi are humorous, ironic, and bold. The ink in her paintings are at once light and soft, and lively and striking, revealing subtle negative spaces within direct expressions. These images offer a transversal thinking of the humanistic world, traveling through the rusted depths of history and returning light-heartedly to simplicity. You Wendi pays homage to the artistic traditions whilst subverting it in a thoughtful way. She paints the Mickey Mouse in the brightest possible red, with their extravagant smiles, as if they know the audiences are taking photos of them.
For a moment, we see many familiar shadows, including those of ourselves, and impetuous souls in a crowded world.
You Wendi’s Back to the Amusement Park is a critical engagement with the Anthropocene. Inside the painting, there are figures of god, humans and non-humans, which stirs significant questions. Is our world a product of nature or society? How can we live harmoniously with other beings in the world? Should we consider redefining human beings? And how can we save ourselves at this very moment of a worldwide pandemic? You Wendi boldly puts the life of the young generation and the bittersweet reality into her paintings. The artistic world she creates is serene and bustling, free and sincere. She incorporates the beauty and darkness of the world in an interpenetrating monistic circle. A life principle we learn from You Wendi’s works is that what we fight for throughout our lives is the way to live with ourselves and with the world.