“Qian Quan—2019 Parkview Green Art Festival” is currently on show at Parkview Green Art. This fresh and vibrant exhibition brings together six artists to present a multi-dimensional artistic praxis combining old and new languages. Today artist Lin Fanglu will share insights about her artworks.
艺术家林芳璐 Artist Lin Fanglu
I have been working and living in Yunnan for more than two years and I spent time with local craftsmen every day. The works in this exhibition were created during that period. I lived, studied and experienced craftsmen activities in the area. One of the traditional practices was the tie- dye, made by women in their 60s and 70s. They inspired me a lot.
Most of these women have never received an education: some of them could not even write their names. They had to work in the fields, to do tie-dye and to take care of the chores of the house. They work in simple places, almost in primitive conditions but they create works of art with their own hands. The contrast between the primitive living conditions and the elegance of their handicraft touched me deeply.
The complete process of tie-dyeing is very complicated,
and it is roughly divided into main steps such as pattern design, embroider, soaking and boiling fabric, stirring and dyeing, dipping, rinsing, fixing and drying.
The completion of a work is often time-consuming and labor-intensive,
requiring the patience of the producer,
and reflecting the unique uniqueness of traditional craftsmanship.
When I was in Yunnan, I studied the technique of tie- dye and I focused on the creation of blue cloth. From that moment on, I knew that this was what I was looking for, and I enjoyed the pleasure of reinterpreting this old tradition.
The continuation of traditional handicraft
The word tradition has been very fashionable in recent years, and everyone often talks about it. Many art exhibitions focus on this subject matter. Since we have a common and deeply rooted cultural background, tradition flows in our blood.
I use some traditional elements in my works, and this is a natural inclination for me. The other interesting thing about the word tradition is that it carries semantic connotations from the past and therefore it enriches contemporary reality. At the same time, tradition can also be very contemporary and therefore it cannot be completely separated from the present. In some cases, tradition can also refer to the present. Therefore, the theme Qian Quan is very relevant and interesting as it suggests the combination between past and present.
The theme of the exhibition Qian Quan emphasizes the state of the relationship between the past and the present, which I think is quite interesting. Every day we experience different relationships: the relationship with other people, with objects around us, the relationship between the elements that surround us. My works explore the relationship between tradition and modernity, between me and my art, and the relationship with other people from ethnic minorities and with other local residents. My works reflect different states of mind and feelings.
林芳璐 Lin Fanglu
The last point I would like to emphasize is that sometimes people associate traditional culture with a certain backwardness. However, tradition is very interesting and has a strong influence on us even today.
What is SHE
My works tend to be larger than the ones usually created by female artists. The first time I went to Yunnan, I saw tie dye- practice for the first time. I was deeply touched by it and I felt the need to express these feelings. Volume is an important artistic expression for me, and it can reflect the inner feelings.
而女性艺术，近年来确实很火。但我没有刻意去表达女性主义。首先我本身就是女性，我要表达的东西，是一定会从一个女性的角度出发的，这是自然而然的，也是必然的。作品起名为《SHE》和《She is Shining》，是因为在我与妇女手工艺人一起工作生活的那段时间，让我看到了很多我从没看到过的东西，也让我体会了很多我从没体会过的感觉，有感动、有心酸、有无奈、有希望······所以，这些作品某种程度上说，是为她们做的。
Women's art is a really hot topic in recent years. However, works of art done by women are not necessarily associated with feminism. I am a woman, so what I want to express is inevitably influenced by a female perspective. The works titled "SHE" and "She is Shining" were created during the time I was working with women in Yunnan. I saw a lot of things I have never seen before, and I also experienced a lot of feelings that I have never experienced before, and this generated in me many different feelings. Therefore, these works are dedicated to these women.
Getting closer to the public
First of all, I think artworks and the public are not in contradiction. I think art should be presented in public spaces. Sometimes maybe viewers might say that a work of art is difficult to understand and might struggle to evaluate whether a work of art is useful or not, however, this doesn’t mean that general viewers dislike art. From another perspective, it may be that they are expressing their perception about a certain work. It doesn’t mean that they don’t understand art, maybe they just don’t establish a communication with a specific work of art. I think the interaction with the public is very important.
林芳璐 Lin Fanglu
我最喜欢的艺术作品是梵高的《星空》，也喜欢电影《梵高》里的那首歌《Starry Starry Night》，我在纽约的MOMA看到《星空》原作的时候，在那张画儿前面站了将近一个钟头，其实喜欢这张画并不是因为它有梵高这个“big name”，而是作品本身有一种非常原始的冲动与活力，这种原始的力量，实在是太震撼了，没办法用语言形容，对这种传达原始生命力的事物，我总是能够很快的感受到其中的力量。
My favorite work is Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Sky and the song Starry Starry Night. When I saw the original Starry Sky in MOMA in New York, I stood in front of the painting for nearly an hour. In fact, I like this painting not just because was created by Van Gogh, but because I think that the work itself emanates a strong vitality. This primitive power is so shocking that there is no way to describe it in words. I am always attracted by these works which convey vitality.
Clouds of the night sky in Van Gogh's painting
It is often regarded as a miracle of the artist's extraordinary sensibility
This image was taken from Jupiter's northern hemisphere by NASA's Juno probe
But what in the vortex is not star
but a violent storm hovering over Jupiter
Live in the moment
I've been working on very interesting projects lately and I will continue to explore some of the elements I have been using in the past while experimenting new subject matters and practices.
Lin Fanglu Draft and Artworks
Beside art, I like also design. I actually graduated from design department. I have benn working on projects including interior design and park renovation: it was challenging, but I hope I will have the chance to do more projects of this kind in the future.
Lin Fanglu Draft
In the past few years, I thought about the issue of self-positioning: Who am I and what do I want to do? Is it possible to take a few detours before finding your own path? Now I am more mature, and it seems that these issues are no longer so important. Now I feel that the most important thing is to be myself: focusing on what I feel is very meaningful.
2016 Graduated from the Central Academy
Currently lives and works in Beijing
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