Authentically Chinese, “The Lotus Blossom” highlights one of the culture’s most important values—purity. This work showcases numerous Chinese ingenuities. The calligraphy, bamboo plants, distant mountains and temple, are aesthetically Chinese. Above all, the lotus plant is revered for its wholesome nature.
The calligraphy shows the work’s respect to Chinese poets. Tracing back to the ancient times, poets compare young women to lotus flowers. Compared to the flower, young women were praised for remaining untainted despite a tempting environment. They are like lotuses blooming despite the silt. This piece is an ode to Yang Wanli’s poem, “The Lakeside Temple at Dawn”. The poem is directly illustrated in this painting, “Green lotus leaves outspread as far as boundless sky; / Pink lotus blossoms take from sunshine a new dye.” The woman is shown to be the flower that blossomed from the lotus’ stem. She is pure as a lotus. Pale in colours, the style is inspired by the traditional ink painting techniques.
The lotus’ purity spreads out in this work. All the elements in the painting renders an authentic Chinese picture. The lotus is reminiscent to my own childhood, before I migrated to another continent. I remember a more innocent time. My mind was free of impurities. I was young and careless. My heart knew no hate. It was time full of love and affection.
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.