“Bloom from Within” shows two yellow-skinned women, intimately linked by peonies and surrounded by beautiful air-borne creatures. The red and yellow hues, the same with the colours of the Chinese flag, dominate this work. Yin and yang take the sides of each woman.
The blooming peonies is a natural wonder. It is China’s national flower that dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This ancient beauty represents grace, elegance, fullness and peace. As the peonies bloom, the more beautiful it becomes. There two women symbolise my dual nature. My yin and yang. Yin and yang are sacred to Taoism and Daoism beliefs. The yin is the dark shade, shadowed and feminine, while the yang is bright, passionate and promising. The artwork shows one side of myself comforting the other. As the peonies bloom, so do I while I maintain the balance within myself. A bird and two butterflies fly around my two selves. They represent the traditional paper-cutting art of the Chinese culture. They are also common symbols of freedom.
The piece conveys a message of growth that can be achieved through self-love and inner balance. I believe that people should confront their dark sides to allow the light in. Acceptance is the key to a peaceful life. To bloom like a peony, I went to my roots, discovered my true self, and from within I blossomed.
Yin Lu is a Chinese Australian artist and art teacher based in Brisbane, Australia, whose artistic practice is hugely influenced by her Chinese heritage. Working across a range of two-dimensional media, from drawing, painting, muralism and mixed media, she uses her bold and contrasting style to amplify her cultural identity. Her interpretations of multiculturalism through combinations of Western art and Eastern aesthetics play a pivotal role in inspiring her art.
Gallery-quality canvas prints on a smooth white archival canvas. Each canvas is hand cut and wrapped, featuring a 1.5" white edge. Hanging hardware is included making your canvas ready to display.