Pixel Art (Digital), 2022
During the pandemic lockdowns, time seems to have stood still. Our normal lives are interrupted and suspended in a limbo state. This surreality resembles title scenes from retro video games – the endless looping of activities until someone hits START. The scenarios depict what might seem bewildering and fantastical, but in the context of what has happened in the last 2 years, becomes comprehensible.
The artwork explores how our understanding of inside/outside space changes because of the restrictions surrounding the pandemic. It celebrates the mundane and incredulous nature of the changes to our lives in a whimsical manner.
Hopefully, a (RE)START is in sight.
While not a gamer, Li-Cheng is a fan of the retro video game aesthetic – scanlines, pixels and limited colour palettes. He works across mediums from graphic design to ceramics to LEGO bricks, and is on a quest to reacquaint digital native students with their hearts and hands.