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L’Oubli (Forgetfulness)


Elyn Chen

Technique: Oil painting

Size: 130 X 90 cm (51.18 x 35.43 in)

Other details: Unique work of art

About the Artwork: When Elyn painted this picture, she thought she had forgotten her Shanghai history and the hustle and bustle of the city. But it was not so, and in fact, how could she have appreciated the serenity of the Luberon region without remembering the torments of her Chinese life? Common memory is built on the elements left by history, whose meaning is sometimes modified or whose layers are sometimes eliminated. Elyn’s memory of her hometown is above all the perception of a vast concreting operation that has reduced to dust the memory of an atypical city, both in history and in its way of life. Elyn is in search of the city of her young childhood when the concrete had not invaded everything. She does not want to forget. She wants to remember and this determines her own vision of the future. To be in history, in a common history, is to reject amnesia.

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