ink, pastel, watercolor, gesso on paper, 2.5ft x 5ft, 2017
Let ’em Flee! is an ongoing series of mixed media drawings on paper examining internal fears, loneliness, and insecurities of children. Having grown up in Hong Kong, Liu is intimately familiar with the consequences of score-oriented educational system and “tiger parenting”. Both value obedience, memorization, and drilling rather than independent and analytical thinking. Many students in this high-pressure situation, as young as six years old, tragically choose to pursue freedom through suicide. The figures are rendered amidst layers of calligraphy drawn from common phrases of unrealistic parental expectations and destructive scoldings. These phrases ”force-disappear” the figures through their insistence. In this series, Liu also explores the roots of social control, and how it impacts each new generation.