“No. You see children know such a lot now, they soon don’t believe in fairies, and every time a child says, ‘I don’t believe in fairies,’ there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.” J. M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy.
Qi Xuan aka QimmyShimmy created Neverland for The Art of Reading, curated by artist Joseph Chiang and supported by Mulan Gallery. The series was later part of An Imitation Game: Of Cuckoos and Sparrows, a show presented by A Whispering Campaign and Mrydette.
Qi Xuan is a designer by day and moonlights as an artist by night. “I grew up a slow but avid reader, weaving in the power of imagination into the art of making, creating works that are whimsical, sometimes strange and curious. The Neverland series is based on the story of Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. The artwork speaks about the loss of innocence, a heartbreaking but inevitable milestone in every person’s life. Innocence is strongly associated with childhood, but stands for more than nostalgia and a longing for simpler times. The violent death of the fairies in Neverland is where the fragility and fleetingness of innocence meets the brutality of its demise.”