Looking at old photographs, my mother sighed deeply thinking about the differences between her life in the city now and in the countryside during her teenage years. With this painting, I imagined this period of her life, even though I was not there. I painted as I listened to my mother’s description of her life - i.e. appearance, daily routines, environment - back in her hometown Chongming, which used to be an undeveloped small island. The sweeping brush strokes represent the fleeting impression of memory and imagination.