Backs, loneliness and isolation in Gwen Yip paintings
Backs is a series of paintings separated by city of the artist Gwen Yip who, after traveling around the world, wants to tell the story of the solotudine.
Artist Gwen Yip spends her days painting the faces of the people she knows and the shoulders of the strangers she meets by chance.
After working in so many different cities, what she better knows is the feeling of isolation and loneliness felt in a new big city.
The artist, who today lives and works in New York, has wanted to enclose these feelings in her series Backs, representing them in the form of a universal experience.
Separated by city: New York, Hong Kong and London, her acrylic paintings depict faceless people, where the lack of identity and the narrative voids invite the viewer to think about his own story, his own moments of weakness at the beginning of a new life and about his dreams and hopes.
“We all carry things on our backs. Some shoulder burdens and regrets and others carry dreams and hopes.”