A rainy Sunday morning and off we went to the White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale, Sydney.
It was a lovely hour, wandering the four floors, checking out its contemporary Chinese art collection.
There was a lot to like and provoke thought but my favourite exhibit was Lu Zhengyuan’s seven life-size sculptures entitled ‘Mental Patients’ (2006). Made from fibreglass with what looks like textured grey mud slathered onto them, the only burst of colour is the red flower in the hair of one woman lying slumped in bed. They’re amazing figures. So life-like even in their strange, colourless form. I went face-to-face with one for what felt like ages, just gazing into his eyes. The more I stared the more real he felt. You couldn’t help but think of the man he represented.
Apparently Lu Zhengyuan created them all from memory after spending time visiting a friend in a mental institution.
Powerful and heartbreaking stuff.