(In) active outlander – Q Qilegeer

(In) active outlander – Q Qilegeer

April 11th — April 15th, 2018
Opening reception: April 11th, 7 — 9pm

The title (In) active outlander is a reference to a very lethargic Chinese Mongolian student who came to Canada and painstakingly tries to stay active. Decoded, it implies my trying to convey my personal life, intertwined with college. Also, it hints out the focus of this project – observation of movement through body language and facial expression. Simply put, it is a window for viewers to witness my life, my thoughts, as well as my feelings.

At the beginning, my desired objective was simply to explore and describe the power and beauty displayed and projected through the representation and interpretation of different movements of different figures. The direction I was headed in was very simple and straight. Yet, through the process of observing people, memories started to flood me and fill my head. As a foreigner, like most other international students, not having competent English language skills inevitably resulted in one thing — focusing on other people’s overt, explicit, and observable behaviours through body language and facial expressions. Additionally, the drawings were starting to become more of a diary for me. Furthermore, as the memories were going back further and further, images of people and things start to pop up in the drawings, in the form of family, relatives, old friends, teachers, and pets; all of them became refreshed in my head, reinforcing this feeling of homesickness. Underscored by the fact that the person who was watching and reexperiencing all was me, my struggle and battle with laziness and exhaustion is somehow ingrained in all of the figures in my working.

Conceptually, my work is very clearly autobiographical. It is quite evident that each piece depicts recovered moments of happiness, my overwhelming homesickness, my snippets of feeling at peace, as well as my stress, worry, anxiety, and regrets. The point of all this is to see the story behind the movements of the figures. When focusing my attention on them, I should always be discovering and re-discovering beauty, because observing someone is like connecting the dots from different stories and episodes in life. My world is the sum of all of these.