The Celestial Revolution series is inspired by an ancient Chinese constellation diagram that Annysa Ng came across by chance. Ng was enchanted by the graphical property and underlying meanings of the diagram which suggest human’s intense desire and motivation to explore and to understand our destiny. In the paintings, the armillary sphere and terrestrial globe are placed amid or behind the featureless silhouette figures with the ancient Chinese diagram illustrating the celestial orbit of the five qi of the sky and 28 star mansions in the background. These celestial objects are the means invented to study the divinely unknown and destiny.
Her other new works in the exhibition titled Script and Conveyance are created based on traditional Chinese literature, also a major source of her inspiration. In Script, the artist quotes the Thousand Character Classic (千字文) written in the 6th century during the Liang Dynasty. The text is formed by 1000 unique words without repetition, it was generally used as an essential material to teach young children basic Chinese. The work reflects Ng’s profound understanding of the forces that underlie her approach, including cultural identity, artistic traditions and philosophical underpinnings.