The 14 artists spent a month designing, discussing, and voting via the internet, while 12 of them worked for 9 days painting in the village. The Paint a Home 2020 project successfully concluded in Cuiyang Village, Tianshui, Gansu Province, with 10 paintings.
Cuiyang Village is located in Longdongzhen of Qingshui County, Tianshui, Gansu Province. It sits on the east of Longshan Mountain and by the north of Wei River.
Below are the works completed by us:
1. The Beautiful Cuiyang
Contributors: Du Tianxing, Cui Rui, Huang Lili, and Gao Wenxiu.
2. Reading in the Woods
Contributors: Wang Xiaoting, Liu Bao, Huo Qipeng, Tan Yujia, and Wang Liang.
3. The Flowers, the Youth
Contributors: Liu Bao, Wang Liang, Tan Yujia, and Huo Qipeng.
4. 2020 We Are Left Behind
Contributors: Wan Chunhua, Gao Yan, and Wen Fang.
5. Home in a Foreign Land
Contributors: Guo Yunwen (Wugeng) and Wang He
6. Cuiyang’s Nursery Rhyme
Contributor: Wen Fang
7. Dear You
Contributors: Wang He and Wen Fang
8. The Abundant Cuiyang
Contributors: Cui Rui, Huang Lili, and Gao Wenxiu
9. Pomelo Falls in Love with the Cloud in Fall
Contributor: Wang He
10. Cuiyang Bouncing
Contributors: Wan Chunhua, Gao Yan, and Wen Fang
Among the 14 artists, there is one special contributor, Wan Chunhua (Wendy), who suffered polio and for whom walking is something difficult. Not only did she finish the painting 2020 We Are Left Behind, which received the largest number of votes in the planning stage, she also volunteered, and spent several days to make a 20-minute video for the project.
It is now the fourth year of the Paint a Home project. In the beginning, what we wanted to do was to help the left behind children and elderly. As the project progressed, we feel more and more strongly that it is a project of mutual healing. Although our effort is not sufficient enough to help the migrant adult to return to the village immediately and earn a stable income locally, during the working process, the artists brought beauty and companionship to the elderly and young. The villagers reciprocated with innocent smile and local ingredients. The children took every gathering as a festival. Before we left, the children painted on the road, using our leftover paints, “Cuiyang is my home. I like every tree and stone in the village. I like the artists who came here.”
The year 2020 was a difficult one. Yet, because of the Paint a Home project, we gained a lot of new family members. It will give us warmth in the coming winter. Special thanks to Muyun Art and Culture foundation for the sponsorship and support, which makes it possible to create a family for strangers.