“A woman is like a flower, like a dream,” says an old Chinese quote. It shows how women are fragile, like a withering flower or the dissipation of dreams upon awakening. Embodying the saying is myself painted in yellow and red, the colours of the Chinese flag. Growing on my skin and hair are native golden wattles. The flower, more than the national flower of Australia, symbolises fleeting happiness. Like the flower, the work is full of elements that represent short-lived joy.
This artwork emphasises how happiness is taken for granted. Often, we realise that we’re happy when it’s passed. Fleeting Happiness encourages to seize those short moments of joy before they are gone. Happiness can always be found if one knows where to look. Like the temporary flight of the kites, the colourful butterflies, or the birds in the sky, happiness isn’t always possessing material things. It is showing compassion for what you have as long as you have it—before the flower withers and the dream dissipates.
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.