‘Home is where the heart is’ - Pliny the Elder
Lunar New Year is an important and special time for many families annually.
It is a time of gathering, love, joy and appreciating each other’s presence.
But this year, it looks and feels a little different. For those who are unable to return home to visit family and friends.
For those who are longing and feeling homesick.
This one is for you.
‘靈魂的顏色’ (The Soul’s Colour) is a contemporary digital interpretation of the traditional cobalt blue and white porcelain that gained immense popularity during the late Yuan dynasty. Although this artistic style existed prior to this period, it was during this time that it truly developed into a mature, distinctive and culturally rich form - which later influenced many succeeding styles.
Featuring the twelve Chinese Zodiacs, each vase embodies the idea that home is not necessarily a physical place an individual is present in, but rather home is where your heart and soul is - somewhere within. As a personal take on cultural identity within the Western world, it integrates illustrative forms reflecting various landscapes in Asia (particularly China and Vietnam) with each Zodiac’s body. The Zodiacs are then placed within a landscape that is reflective of where they could live within the Western world - in this case Australia.
In Asia, Lunar New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Flowers are symbolic of growth, life and good fortune. Special flowers commonly fill households during the new year to welcome spring and bring about various forms of luck and blessings. The vases, paired with selected flowers displayed during Lunar New Year and some Australian natives portrays the true essence ofcultural identity and the notion of preparingone’s home for the new year.
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