Artist: Bai Tianyuan, (b.1992, China)
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size (cm): 122.2 x 91.3 cm
Confronting and conquering the formidable empty canvas is a well-known experience for artists. This self-portrait of the artist gripping a canvas conveys a moment of struggle in the pursuit of the ultimate painting.
The striking scarlet-red of the artist's jacket and rich flesh tones leap off the muted surroundings of the painting, suggesting that everything around her has receded in the urgency to find an answer. All feelings, tensions and aspirations are poured into the figure, but we are never quite sure if we are witnessing a moment of triumph or anguish.