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THE ARTIST

JOYCE LIU

SELF PORTRAITS

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Joyce Liu is a Melbourne based artist that works with self-portraits to recreate her internal gaze. Beginning her journey in 2019, Joyce has taught herself the basics of self-photography and editing, allowing her to better understand the creation process and thereby, produce work that resembles her inner mind the closest.

 

Surrealism is a strong element in her recent pieces, while her latter projects focused more on colour coordination, experimentation, and story-telling. Everyday objects, sound, and colours are all sources of inspiration, but particular influence is taken from the works of Zhong Lin (@zhonglin_), Cho Gi Seok (@chogiseok), Ziqian Liu (@ziqianqian), and David Shin (@dimenshin).

 

Joyce's work aims to reflect the space currently existing within herself, capturing the way she perceives reality and the physical self in the fleeting moment. 

"INSIDE" (2021)

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"Inside" depicts the feelings of internal absence and emptiness becoming as familiar and almost comfortable as one's own bedroom. Though it is something to initially feel discomforted by, an extended period of isolation transforms our perception of this feeling into one of tolerance, cooperation, and ultimately reliance. 

 

Over the course of lockdown, I felt a void grow slowly and quietly within me, and like many, I attempted to fill it by staying as busy as I was before and eventually even busier. However, it continued growing while I continued burning out. Amidst the exhaustion, I found myself accepting this feeling and eventually stopped doing things. I spent a lot of days dissociated and detached from my reality, staring at a wall, outside my window, at nothing. But for the first time in a long time, things were finally quiet in my head. I had lost myself but the self that existed was excruciatingly overwhelming. And so, solace was found in the abyss and comfort in the uncomfortable. 

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