"Czech Puppet" is a series of paintings that respond to the true history of the Czech nation.
In the 17th Century, when the kingdom of Bohemia was under Habsburg rule, the local language--Czech language almost disappeared. The new ruler, Ferdinand II, did not tolerate non-Catholics, viewing Protestants in Bohemia as a threat to his faith. Czech locals were forced to speak the German language of their invaders.
The act of building puppets has long been a form of protest for the Czech people. Seventeenth-Century wood-carvers, who were more versed in sculpting Baroque seats for churches than human facsimiles, started making puppets for the actors of Bohemia soon after Ferdinand II came to power, as puppets were the only remaining entities that had the right to speak Czech in public places. While the rest of the country and its people adhered to the newly imposed German language, wandering puppet-masters spoke through the puppets in their native Slavic tongue.
Thanks to the humble puppet that the Czech nation--and its language--was inadvertently saved.
Just like the Czech puppet-masters, I am wandering among countries since 2015, just for the searching of more freedom. So I want to shad some symbolic light on the "Czech Puppet" series: wandering is a way to preserve a language, thus the right of free speech.