10/09/2021 - 23/10/2021

New Work - Painting

Xiao Hanqiu - Honey, Bee

Xiao Hanqiu (b.1986 in Beijing, China) is a painter and a poet. Articulate in both media, she often paints quotidian objects in pairs characterised by their delicate and ethereal quality.

"When we first talked about this show, even though I have not yet been to the gallery's new space, I could easily imagine how my works would become part of the rarely changed — at least in my memory — East London streetscape, where I had lived for many years.

At the same time, the pair of words "honey, bee" came to my mind. The process of making these paintings this year has also brought me out of a low ebb in my personal, everyday life. What happened along with the creation was a deeper understanding and acceptance of myself. Simplicity, vividness, sweetness, wounds, these ordinary and wonderful things are like honey, bees, a set of elements that complement each other, enclosing a fascinating and assuring loop of cause-and-effect."

-Written by Xiao Hanqiu


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