Loneliness and stress were around me during my entire childhood. After I came to the U.S, the unfamiliar culture and surroundings made these feelings increasingly severe. This work expresses this loneliness through narrative photographs. Further, exploring the underlying reason relating the social issues and political ideology, which caused these problems which influenced me for years. For instance, "One-child policy" lasts 30 years in China since 1978, it influenced one generation of Chinese people. According to a survey from Zhejiang University, 83.9% of single-children often feel lonely as they grow up.
I make pictures to express abstract emotions by making them into a concrete figurative frame. I recreate dreams and nightmares, relying on the environment as a blank canvas. I use limited objects to tell a story and explore the emotions of loneliness and anxiety. By wearing a white mask, I remove the identity of the character to intentionally represent that these feelings not only happen to me but are a common problem for only children families.
In this series, I used a significant number of symbols. For instance, in the photo “Golden Fish,” Golden Fish implies the single-child, water means the family. The family gives survival conditions to their child, but they also overprotect their child, which makes Children feel suffocated. Symbols are like clues to lead the audience to solve the puzzles. Red balloons mean childhood, paper planes mean freedom. I interpret my photography more closely to symbolism; therefore subjectivity would be a big part of them. However, the audience can also have their interpretations.