Although less recognised than his iconic Mask paintings, the «We» series (2002) is perhaps of even greater historical significance, both aesthetically and culturally. This series, of which «We no. 8» is a part, marks a critical turning point in Zeng’s artistic development. Using two or more brushes at once, Zeng simultaneously “creates and yet destroys.” What truly distinguishes this series is its timelessness –
the works are very much “of the moment” but at the same time, they exist beyond the pre- sent.