Early works of artist Lijun Xiong focus on youth subculture and reflects this era, which is the epitome of popular culture since China’s Reform and Opening-up. In her works, the younger generation is independent and happy. Their life is delicate, beautiful and dazzling. Their strong expressive desire and absolute self-consciousness are not only showing the liberation of awakening individual humanity, but also the image of social trends. Her works reflect the dissolution of noble culture in today’s society and the loss of the spiritual home of young people. They are like a visual feast of indulgence and self-paralysis.
Xiong’s recent works, which have a clear image narrative concept of “floating city”, have turned more attention to individuals and their living environment. Most of the scenes in her works are various exist in real life, happened all of a sudden and soon faded. Multifarious and exquisite parts of the world meet and overlap like montage, and people in it, constantly switching their thinking between fragments of different scenes, are wandering in the distance and contradiction between ideal and reality. The city not only offers excessive opportunities for the human beings, but also breeds endless trouble. Anxiety or easiness, depression or pleasure are all passive choices at the moment. People are trudging in the spirit of self-fulfillment.