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I grew up as a typical “Post-80s” Chinese who was born after the “One Child” policy. I did everything I was expected to do, pursued an Engineering degree and then worked in a multinational corporation. Moving to San Francisco from Shanghai inspired me to explore another possibility in life. Two years ago, I started the journey of being an artist. I believe the destiny is a realm of ultimate happiness and harmony. In order to visualize it and share it with you, I created a series of work including art on paper, sculpture
and installation, called “Retrofuture City”. In this imaginative world landscape and cityscape blend into each other in an atmosphere of balance and harmony. The pictorial structure and cheerful colors create a sense of joy and optimism. Elements and symbols referencing Buddhism, Taoism, traditional Chinese paintings and Asian architecture are a product of my particular cultural experiences. I invite you to join my journey to this idealized place, to reflect on this optimism and
Li Ma (Mary Ma), originally from Fuzhou China, is a visual artist based in San Francisco. She is a 2013 MFA candidate at San Francisco Art Institute.