Ricker Choi (b. 1975)
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 30 in.
Executed in 2021
This painting is inspired by Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien:
//Frodo Baggins: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us//
In this painting, the artist has transformed the all-seeing Eye of Sauron into the total surveillance of the Chinese Communist Party, where all dissenting voices are crushed. The three protesters in the painting have decided to stay and continue their long journey in their fight for freedom. The flag raised have these words written on it:
Liberate Hong Kong
Revolution of Our Times