- Duck Toy Projective Introjection, 2023
- Oil on canvas
Long's current artistic practice is centered around a poetic process of converting words, or "artificial traces," into images through Preconsciousness. His aim is to convey an unstable equilibrium between image and text, as well as spatiality and temporality. This approach is similar to metamodernism, which is a descriptive philosophical interpretation of postmodernism that embodies the coexistence of two opposing concepts. The inspiration for Long's artistic practice initially came from the Portuguese concept of saudade, which connotes a powerful feeling of melancholic longing and a constant yearning for presence. He attempted to comprehend this concept through a poetic lens. Long's Lyrical abstraction on canvas is reminiscent of traditional Chinese painting, where images and words are intertwined, but devoid of coreferences to make them more universally relatable. For Long, words serve as a tool for expressing individual needs and desires. He believes that highly condensed forms of language, such as poems, lines, and online comments, can evoke punctum (as defined by Roland Barthes) in the same way that images do.