Yin Lu CHINESE HERITAGE AND SYMBOLISM
Art Market|Issue #54 December 2020
Yin Lu CHINESE HERITAGE AND SYMBOLISM

Chrysanthemum Porcelain (2020), (Detail) Acrylic on Canvas, 60.9 x 76.2 cm. Yin Lu © All rights reserved.

Bloom from Within (2020), Acrylic on Canvas, 76.2 x 76.2 cm. Yin Lu © All rights reserved.

I consider myself as an artwork made of Chinese and Australian elements. A cross and mix between distant territories with different hues. An anomaly to culture and a product of freedom. My Australian roots gave me the liberty to express myself.

Growing up with freedom allowed me to be curious. I yearned for the other half of my identity. My skin color has a shade of yellow, and it is a constant reminder of what else I am made of. I hungered for the Yin to my Yang.

I discovered who I am by expressing it through art. My Chinese heritage is rich in tradition. It has a lot of representation—a lot of symbolism. I was reconnected to nature: the flowers, the rivers, and many of earth's existential wonders.

I stepped back in time, and I was opened to a soulful discovery. China's silence, Zen, and natural beauty is a refreshing contrast to today's fast-paced and high-tech lifestyle. My art represents my peculiarity. My mixed races' opposing nature is shown by the contrasting pieces and colors using ink and acrylic. My passion for rekindling my Chinese heritage inspires my work. While the liberty to express by painting nude bodies is in respect to my unbound Australian upbringing.

My story is reflected in my art. My work, as well as myself, combines tradition and freedom.

THE CALL OF LOVE (2020)

In this piece, there are six distinctive types of birds, all representing love in Chinese traditions. One of the birds is the Mandarin duck, the most famous ornamental bird in China, and symbolizes love and is hardly separated in pairs. The Magpies symbolize auspiciousness in China but also have a certain representation and meaning of love.

The Black-necked swans are other birds used in this piece. Although this type of bird is monogamous, they are popular love birds. Although the Macaws are almost extinct, they exist in pairs, which are a symbol of love.

On the other hand, peony parrots are noisy birds, but they are known as couple parrots as well as love birds. Lastly, the Red-billed Lovebirds are birds with a beautiful sound, attractive appearance, and popular for their love affairs.

They always exist in pairs and are inseparable. This is what makes them a concrete symbol of love. There is a bird at the bottom end of the image with different colors and flying above the water. This bird represents freedom, fortune, and eternal love. In addition, the piece includes the Camellia type of flower, which is one of the ten most popular flowers in the Chinese tradition.

The Call of Love (2020), Acrylic on Canvas, 60.9 x 91.4 cm. Yin Lu © All rights reserved.

The flower represents humbleness, deposited virtue, and ideal love. The butterflies in this work symbolize beauty and represent eternity, and being in pair symbolizes love.

The female figure in the portrait painted in yellow and red colors (colors of the Chinese flag) symbolizes the feminine ability to love. This is reinforced by the presence of the color purple (love), the color red for passion, joy, and celebration, as well as yellow that represents wealth and nobility. At the back of the portrait is the deer, a representation of love and a symbol for mutual consideration, respect, and common happiness between intimate lovers. The background of this work is stimulated by Wonderland, which is a representation of a fairyland that never fades. This is what gives the artwork life and immortality. Therefore, the entire piece of art is filled with souls and symbols of love.

Chrysanthemum Porcelain (2020), Acrylic on Canvas, 60.9 x 76.2 cm. Yin Lu © All rights reserved.

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 symbolizing traditional values.

While the porcelain colors take over this piece, the color that represents my heritage remains a staple: yellow. Yellow is a background representing China. Yellow embodies the color of my skin. Yellow represents the imperial power of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Through the dynamics of the colors in this work, yellow is the supporting backbone.

Chinese porcelain's fame has traveled from the imperial courts of Ancient China to the homes of families of many nations. It symbolizes migration and the contribution of the Chinese around the world. On the other hand, chrysanthemums are ironically bountiful in the autumn season.

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