In terms of the creative process, we are obsessed with adding and piling up details upon details that not much has been said about the action of taking them away and its implications to the issues we address as artists. How, sometimes, the act of erasing says so much more, creating a vague, yet powerful, impact of something being gone, leaving you feeling incomplete, mulling over the blanket mortality embracing everything that is in this world.
“Erasure revolves around my aged parents and parents-in-law in their seventies and their photographs taken during a family trip to Tokyo several years ago. The series title refers to my painstaking act of fading their images from the photographs with an ink eraser as a graphic portrayal of how life quietly empties itself from them. The resulting faint images becomes an urgent testimony of their slowly fading existence from this world, as well as from my life. Ironically, they are resurrected in my emotional space as reawakened memories by the very act of erasure – at once emotionally torment and intimate. Despite the joyous association of a holiday destination, this work speaks of my own uneasy anticipation of their final destination – death.” –John Clang (SOURCE)