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Heaven's Landfill Print

Michael Sheng

United States

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This series of "Heaven's Landfill" paintings explore the issue of migration crisis. The UN Refugee Agency found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2016, many of them were from war torn and poverty stricken regions of the world fled to the west. Civilians including children and women caught up in the crisis, losing family members or friends to the violence and starvation, suffering physical and psychological trauma. The artist wanted to express his deepest respect and condolence by depicting the abandoned life jackets, boats and other debris as the symbol of migrants whose lives were lost in the sea while desperately trying to reach the safe haven. The debris sometime formed mountains and hills in a hauntingly beautiful fashion, contrasted by the star gazing sky above and slowly merged into the existing landscape, optimistically symbolized integration and acceptance, but pessimistically it can also be interpreted as abandonment of human life, vanishing hopes and dreams of many migrant families, questioning the humanity of our society.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:17.25 W x 14.25 H x 1.2 D in

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Michael Sheng is a New York based Artist and co-founder of the Art Nest school. born in a family of artists in Shanghai,China. His work has been exhibited in galleries and art museums, including The New York State Museum, The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Art Club, The Society of Illustrators, Grady Alexis Gallery,the Gallery 456, Chinese-American Arts Council, the Riverside Gallery, Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Flushing Town Hall and Metropolitan Pavilion. He has studied at the Outreach Program of Cooper Union, Renaissance Art at Polimoda Florence, Italy and received a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.

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