MA Graduate artwork. Golden Award of Chinese Painting department at China Academy of Fine Art, graduate exhibition 2015. It was the first time in history that foreign student was awarded Gold at this most prestigious department.
Painting in various ways merges together East and West. Suspended underneath the Heavens, Buddhist Apsara and Christian Angel are conducting a dearest, wordless dialogue.
Gigantic size, composition and perspective of the artwork refers to Western plafond paintings, Eastern buddhist cave art and Thang-ga (唐卡). Perspective leads viewer’s eye to the centre of painting, a golden circle representing divinity and faith. According to the Eastern painting tradition, artwork is mostly linear. However, rich and pure colours are of a Western art. Although worked with female models, character of the Apsara is strongly based on conceptualized images from Kizil grottoes in Xinjiang, China, while Angel is more an imaginative realistic figure of a androgynous features.
Christian tradition is represented by St. Peter’s Basilica with the colonnade, Prague’s cathedral (as well Cologne cathedral’ s features) and old church in Kroscienko nad Dunajcem (my hometown).
Buddhist tradition is depicted by famous ancient religious art sites in China – Dunhuang, Kizil, Longmen Grottoes, Datong Hanging Temple.
Skies and clouds, initally different from each other, eventually merge into one.
Different worlds, cultures, religions, etc. seem to differ greatly, but all have the same foundation. Thus, we are always able to communicate, find a common language and reach harmony with the Other.
Chinese painting paper, gold, bronze, Xinjiang’s Kizil soil, mineral pigments. 3.6 × 3m, May 2015.
360 × 300 cm, 纸本，金，铜，新疆克孜尔泥土，矿物颜料。