“Nostalgia has always been a characteristic of mine.” Yao lu 姚璐
-- Artist statement
Generally speaking, my works use the form of traditional Chinese painting to express the face of China. China is developing dramatically today and many things in China are under constant construction. Meanwhile many things have disappeared and continue to disappear. The dumps and rubbish covered with the 'shield', the green netting, are a ubiquitous phenomenon in China. I want the world to be able to make a benign transformation. People must protect the environment. This work implies that the world should become more and more harmonious.
Photography can be understood in traditional ways : It can 'record' many histories long before our own time, and it can take people back to times and situations many years ago. But photography also is very contemporary. It can re-assemble and re-edit the things that we actually see in order to produce illusions that people see when they are in front of such photographic works. In these works, you see images that are true and fictional.
Concerning the style of my works, I believe in maintaining a beautiful feeling in the framing of the image, including composition, line, density and its framing, all the elements regularly contained in painting. I think a good art work is composed of many elements, and it should reflect the knowledge and the skill of the artist. A good art work has intelligence. The flexibility of photography provides a big expressive space for me, I can work with it in many ways in making my creations.