oil on canvas
127 x 181.5 cm
Lin Yen-Wei considers the battered, weathered animal statues that he photographed in Taiwanese playgrounds, primary schools and amusement parks to be his ‘childhood playmates’: he has fond memories of climbing on similar animals as a small boy, on outings with his grandfather. His paintings are a child’s-eye view of distinctly amateur sculptures. Faithfully rendering his deliberately lo-fi digital snapshots of these wonky, re-painted creatures in oil paint, including the very shallow depth of field and unintended highlights, Lin creates an affectionately nostalgic celebration of a more innocent time.