The intricate details from the borders to the main image pay homage to the sharp art of paper-cutting style. The same amount of care, precision and perseverance are the key to bring this piece to life. As if cut from a red colored paper, against a yellow back drop, “Fortune” elevates the two most important colors of China.
China’s ancient mysteries lie on its firm belief in superstitions. Believing that there are forces that have the power to attract good luck and fortune, the Chinese people are given more avenues to celebrate. The middle is an inverted Chinese calligraphy that reads, “Fu”. It is purposely written in reverse so that when it’s posted in a wall, the sign will attract fortune and trap it in inside the house. But instead of a house, the sign is in a magical ball, held close to my heart. I am Guanyin, the Buddhist Bodhisattva of compassion, also known as Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. The magical ball is burning in dragon flame, while my hair slowly transforms into a phoenix. With the help of these ancient spirits, I am deep in prayer. I call on love and compassion which I will return to those in need.
The dragon is the amalgamation of reptiles and mammals that gives me vigor and might. The phoenix is the fusion of all feathered creatures, giving me grace and freedom. The cooperation of these opposing spiritual elements is embedded in my artistic journey. My body is also of contrasting DNAs but I manage to keep my balance through my art. “Fu” will keep this spirit and balance in my heart so that I can continue to spread compassion.
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.