Firenze Lai

PUBLISHED IN ISSUE 15

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Firenze Lai’s work looks like what idiots call fin de siècle, which means 100 years old, from when art thought that it could accomplish important things, which we now know is not true, but nonetheless a quaint thought. Actually, that’s not totally true, since experiencing art can make us feel things, like (and especially in Firenze Lai’s case) sadness. There is clearly a feeling of sorrow in her work, and since it’s mostly figurative, we have to assume that the source of the sadness is humanity itself, which is an idea I think most people can fully endorse. Imagine, from the relative safety and comfort of your bed or wherever, that it’s one-hundred years ago and wars are happening and the only thing that you can do to quell the horror that the world presents to you is to write poetry or draw pictures of people with strange features. Firenze lives and works out of Hong Kong.  – Joe McMurray

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