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Penghui Sun


Artist's Biography

Penghui Sun is a third-year Queen's University student. She has enjoyed drawing and making unique art pieces from a young age, most of which the main subject features animals. She has taken visual art classes all throughout high school, being the Curator for the Lisgar Annual Art Show in 2010. From 2011-2012, she worked as a Fine Arts and Set Design Instructor for children ages 6-18, for the organization Kingston Youth Arts Cooperative (KYAC). She is very excited to be able to participate in the Woman Recreated mosaic project, feeling that it would be a great opportunity to try something new.

Artist's Statement

"This woman is leaving. She is countless and nameless; she is one, she is many. She is leaving from violence, abuse, brokenness. It's a hard thing to do, and it took her a lot of courage to finally do it. She rides on a horse bareback to escape from her dark past, taking nothing with her except her heart and the wind on her back.

I painted this with this anonymous woman in my mind, literally leaving her abusive relationship on a horse, but these images can be interpreted openly. The horse can represent never-faltering strength, resilience, courage, and beauty. One can also think of it like how she doesn't need a knight in shining armor with a white steed - this horse is dark, troubled and untamed. In regards to the storm in the background, it can be interpreted in both a literal sense and a symbolic sense - many women do choose to leave when there is noise in the background to cover their escape. No matter which way you look at it, the decision to escape from a dark past is difficult, filled with emotional turmoil, and may be the hardest decision of their life. The emotional pain is what I hoped to portray with my imagery and colour scheme."