The work is presented and narrated in third-person point of view. The artist’s capture is a detailed analysis of lightning, it may be nominal but not material, may be material but not distinguishable, and may be distinguishable but not meaningful. The collection of lightning, sometimes objective, sometimes reflects a sudden gust of emotion, implies a twisted narration and mimics the last dim light before memory fades. Lightning flashes to our mind as we are aware of its power but we fail to describe its shape. Chen Xiaoyun’s collection is a certain kind of category, a gathering of crisscrossed patterns that tangle with each other. It’s an understanding rather than mere creation in this collection.
Everything is named after lightning.