"Chrysanthemum Porcelain” merges two authentic Chinese antiques. Chinese porcelain delights the homes of many families around the globe. Its famous blue and white hues dominate this painting giving this the same fragile look. Flowering out of the brittle-looking artwork are chrysanthemums of five colors, each symbolising traditional values. While the colours of the porcelain take over this piece, the colour that represents my heritage remains a staple: yellow. Yellow is the background representing China. Yellow embodies the colour of my skin. Yellow represents the imperial power of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Through the dynamics of the colours in this work, yellow is the supporting backbone.
Chinese porcelain’s fame has travelled from the imperial courts of Ancient China to the homes of families of many nations. It symbolises migration and the contribution of the Chinese around the world. On the other hand, chrysanthemums are ironically bountiful in the autumn season. When the leaves of most trees fall, chrysanthemums rise. They express hope even when everything seems to fail. Chrysanthemums blossom in five key colours. Red represents vigorous emotions like passion, joy, enthusiasm and hope. Black is firm that express seriousness, stability and the darkness of the night. Yellow is bright showing wealth and gentleness. White is all things pure, simple and sacred. Lastly, green symbolises life’s health, grace and cultivation. These colours are also seen in the wings of the yellow-skinned fairy. The colours of the flower mirror the five major flavours, hoping that her flight will be flavourful.
Above all these, “Chrysanthemum Porcelain” symbolises balance. The vulnerability of the porcelain is juxtaposed with the flower’s resilience. Another yin and yang of a Chinese woman.
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.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.