Curators and viewers always expect the creator themselves to describe the meaning behind their work, so that they can have a standard answer and not fight over different interpretations. In most of my works, I do not even think about giving any particular meaning to the work that requires profound reflection; rather, the decisions are purely based on visual considerations and the viewer’s interpretation. As I see it, ‘perception is your reality.’
The choice of colours in these two works was a deliberative attempt to create a visual conflict, and there were some comments at the time that be the sheep was a racist work. I was shocked and felt extremely sad at the same time. As an Asian, I deeply understand the damage that racism has done to the world. Political correctness should never be used as a weapon to attack others, but as I have said before, perception is reality and I have no way to pre-define other people's perspectives.
Referring to the question, I do not think standing out is applicable to all, but in terms of personal choice, I would leave no stone unturned if given the opportunity. I believe that every designer and content creator, to a certain extent, will make the same choice as I do. We choose to create and express because we want to offer more possibilities to the world; not necessarily better, but definitely different.