The element of water commands the emotion on “Yearn”. Most recognisable is the handful choices of colours. Orange for the river, yellow for the protagonist, and blue for the sky. The piece shows a sensual woman, desirous, curious and ambitious.
The body of water in this piece is the opposite of calm—it is active and flows heavily that gives rise to big and multiple waves. The Yellow River, claimed as the origin of Chinese civilisation, inspired this body of work. Water, in Chinese beliefs, is considered a woman. She is unpredictable and moody. Yet she remains irresistible to mankind. It rushes forward, yearning for its destination. Above the river is the great blue starry sky that reflects the design of the Australian flag. The woman, one with the river and sky, is a depiction of my yearning for the balance between freedom and peace. It is my desire for harmony. I long for peace to be maintained even when freedom risks its disturbance. Like the great dragon river and the immense and splendid sky, I yearn for freedom and peace to coexist.
While this work aims to evoke a yearning emotion, I incorporate the importance of my Chinese heritage—the resilient spirit symbolised by the Yellow River.
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.
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