[Wang Jia Bay ]
My grandfather was born in 1917 and Wang Jia Bay being his hometown is also the roots where my ancestors come from. In 1938, my grandfather was forced to evacuate from his home town when Japanese invasion took place in China at his young age of 21. Since then, he started his long journey roving and fled to Taiwan with the government of KMT. Seventy three years have gone by and he is now 95 years old, but he has never once gone back to visit his hometown again ever since he left.
Wang Jia Bay is a small village located in the southern Hefei of the province of Anhui, China. This beautiful village sits in front of the river bend, and behind it there is boundless paddy field with fresh green. Ninety percent of the residents in the neighborhood area have the same last name – Wang, therefore, this village is known as Wang Jia Bay.
My series of art works of this exhibition is majorly portraiture based. With 1/4 of the Wang’s blood running in my veins, I felt this strong blood connection of being Wang’s family. As I have finally returned to my grandfather’s hometown. I, alone, have found the roots of me and my grandfather; and I wish to express my grandfather’s nostalgia of his home and home town through my eyes and my art works here .
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