B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
School of Art and Design
The adult world is like entering a game. To enter this game, you must abide by the rules written in black and white. You are like a chess piece, in control and moving step by step. Gradually you hide the authentic version of yourself, living in this upside-down world. You envy youth. The colorful you. Some people will rebel in this game, but some people are just trivial characters.
This series is a description of an inner world. A lot of inspiration comes from the feeling of being constrained by reality. I gradually stepped into society, where I was very confused, to slowly understand the hidden rules. After becoming familiar with all kinds of rules, I cannot be the most authentic self on the outside. I control the version of me that society has built, just like how you could use a remote to control a machine. The outside world is huge, but it always feels like I am constrained to escape. When we were young, we did not seem to care about rules and regulations and could go our own way. But when there are no conditions, there are too many factors we are unable to act as unbridled as before.
Ruan, Qiming, "Decay" (2022). Student Projects. 57.