Oil on Canvas
A shocking red flower grows upward to bloom in a radiant burst. Yet its thorny stem and cluster of petals are composed of an unfurled and refolded intestinal track, while its vibrant color is produced by blood that pools around the organ. Song adapts traditional Chinese pictorial techniques to abject ends in Dirty Flower. The expressivity and contingencies introduced by ink strokes persist in this painting to articulate an organic aesthetics. The bloody flower at once stands as an object of wonder and horror, reflecting the dual nature of a world whose beauty cannot be separated from the histories of violence and passion that have changed its composition over time.