Every fairy tale got a dark history, so does children’s Rhymes. Wu Qiong fused her unrestrained imagination with skilled technique to create this series of seemingly childish but wonderfully riddle-laden paintings. In the UK, a great number of children’s tales are accompanied by singing games which refer to the city of London and other landmarks. The church is the most representative. People trade there across long corridors and staircases. The ringing of bells proclaims important gathering and events. The beheading of the aristocracy was a popular spectacle on those occasions.
They are like a mirror which reflects children’s fantasy world but at the same time opens the door to history and riddles, passing along the traces of history and time while playing. In Wu Qiong’s work, the painter writes the riddles, while the viewer solves them. Myriad meanings are embedded in the riddles.