The works of Wire Tuazon continuously evoke a sense of surrealism and wonderment as to their exact meaning by bringing up feelings of nostalgia, of childhood memories and even the trauma of history. Wire explains that his works attempt to make the viewer rethink the other possibilities of historical accounts and to speculate the truth behind the images.
'A sonic boom for a cicada' is part of a series which explores the paradox of control, popular memory, loss and immortality. Within these works, each reveals a singular significance while considering various influences; in particular genre studies, urban geography, political and religious convictions and speculations on mystical allegories.
"While there is always the question of an actively controlling motivation behind the pictures, they speak most clearly in purely visual terms. The images map the grammar of the landscape leading to the juxtaposition of the text. The construction of the images through narrative elements attributed to pop culture, demonstrate a separate ideational framework. The weight of the addition or text intervention has its own virtue as it creates future narrative structures that unfold and form new associations at different moments in the piece. These works, part memoir, build on the long standing relationship developed through an intensely personal voyage of discovery, starts from a personal perspective, but represented in a form that constitutes historical, figurative and expressive conditions. When language overshadows insights, it serves as a counterpoint in developing new visual continuities in artmaking." (Artist's statement, Thoughts beyond works, Wire Tuazon for Art Centre Show, June 2007)