Liu Dahong’s works are characterised by a patchwork of creativity, mixture of vibrant colours, intricate details and naïve folk designs. The combination of realistic forms and fantastical visions, references to major historical events (such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution) and popular Chinese culture (myths, operas, popular tales, folk customs) draw on the collective consciousness of the Chinese people and tap into the viewers’ memories. The absurdity in his works mirrors the absurdity and complete turmoil of this period. His narratives juxtapose images with little concern for temporal and spatial logic. The distorted human figures and objects from the 1960s to 1970s, including textbooks, slogans, comics, music, stories, and popular poster images with their ‘historical vaudeville’ like montage, even though they appear to be a parody, are in fact satirical and sarcastic. These visual references open a dialogue between the past and the present. The artist seeks to allow memory and closure for his country’s history.