Cherry Li, 19 – Hong Kong
Our hands are in constant physical contact with the rest of the world. Through constant wear they bear the inscriptions of our life experience, our passions, fears, and memories layered over one another like a palimpsest. The lines, patterns, and scars are unique to each individual. Stretching, shriveling, and creasing as we move through the stages of our lives–– they serve as a topographical map of everything that has ever happened to us.
Marijana Lemm, 18 – Germany
[These works] were initially inspired by the theme of forgotten people and overlooked places in our society. I chose this theme due to its prevalence within our youth culture; we are so focused on moving forward and caught up in our habit-orientated lives that we have ignored the peripheral – the traditions and micro-cultures that have blossomed and flourished underneath us, from the unnoticed cracks on the wall of a hutong to the unseen street sweeper.
Melody Hsu, 18 – Taiwan
I have always been fascinated by the idea of how people can influence the atmosphere of their surroundings. For example, the pace or the scale of gestures of a single person can affect the mood and the feeling of a specific space, which then influences how others feel within the same space. I was especially interested in the daily movement of our bodies, as they were the ones that usually go unnoticed.
Sheng Wen, 18 – USA
The concept of my work is the idea of death; the final, eternal resting place as well as life and rebirth. This is a topic that has come up time and time again as my parents are much older than other parents in our community, and it is something that weighs very heavily on my heart, and because of that the concept of a peaceful death fascinated me.
This article originally appeared on pages 32-33 of the September 2016 Issue of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.