Inspired by a popular Chinese poem, the text displayed here means “people often cry because they can’t be with people they love and miss.” It is often set to music and heard during holidays, including Chinese New Year. Using the poem as a starting point, Gao made the text half filled to represent the idea of the helpless hoping that eventually will be washed away, and the only thing left is an empty shell.

42" x 170"
Chinese ink on paper with mixed strings