Box n 1, 2006


In contrast to the themes of national and social responsibility explored by earlier generations of Chinese artists, Li Ji-Kai of the generation born in the late 1970's relates more closely to the post-reform era of stable economic development and materialistic lifestyles which have led to more liberal social regulation and ethics.

Thus, the thematic concerns of Li Ji-Kai revolves around individual inner lives and experiences.

Li Ji-Kai's little boys have outsized heads on their children's bodies. Their sensitivity, anxiety and circumspection lead them to wallow in self-indulgent games, stare off into space and sit in depression, reflecting the "micro-suffering" spirit of their generation.