May in the Middle Country, 2019, woodcut, 20 x 120cm, edition of 50, signed in pencil, unframed.
This small handscroll depicts the scene of the busy harvest season in middle China in the 1980s and 1990s. The season can divide into five sections: harvesting, carrying, milling, separating the wheat from shell and dust and packing into bags, store in the warehouse. By using the format of a long scroll, it expresses the hard work and joy of harvesting, whether it is a busy farming season, whether the young man or the woman, the elder or the children are working hard with the joy of labouring. The print is lively and rich in content. It has a different face from today’s mechanised farming.