• The Nymph of the River Lou; Autumn
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The Nymph of the River Lou; Autumn, 2014


Edition 2-5 of 5

Size : 0.1 x 11.81 x 11.81 in.
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About This Artwork

This is a polyptych of 4 going from left to right, starting with Summer and then Fall, Spring, and Winter, in the manner of a Chinese handscroll painting. It is the hybrid of Picasso's "Guernica," and the Chinese poem by Prince Caozhi written in the Three Kingdoms Period and related paintings, "The Nymph of the Luo River." The poem and the paintings by various artists depict the ill-fated romance of a human prince and a water nymph because "men and gods must go their separate ways" The artwork is created to be mounted away from the wall to create a three-dimensional effect. All hardware included.


Mei Xian Qiu

Mei Xian Qiu is a Los Angeles based artist. Born in the town of Pekalongan, on the island of Java, Indonesia, to a third-generation Chinese minority family. Partially as a result of a growing sense of restlessness, her family moved to the U.S. escaping the genocide inflicted on the Chinese and looked for a new life. She embraced her heritage and set about finding out about it -- including visiting China several times. While in China, she notes that stereotypes about the Chinese people are pervasive, and a majority of Chinese have shed their cultural heritage in favor of a more Western aesthetic. As part of that journey, she moved from painting to photography to help her express her motivations and message. The result is at once prescient and provoking. Whether one can recognize the people's identity, their personality comes through first, followed by objects and symbols that create questions about our understanding of their cultures. Using carefully staged -- yet appearing completely natural - subjects of varying ethnicity according to where she is in her research, she juxtaposes assumptions about ethnicity and custom with Pan Asian, Chinese, and Western motifs. The result is at once prescient and provoking. Mei's photographic series, in their premises - hyped to the point of absurdity - and their depictions - deliriously saturated with sensuous and exotic touches -- amplify, distort, and (thus) mock the myriad stereotypes to which Mei herself could be, and sometimes has been, subject.

Product specifications

Artwork Specifications
Medium Chromogenic
Sub-Medium on Plexiglass Substrate
Height 0.10 inches
Width 11.81 inches
Frame Information
Framed No
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds
  • ASIN: B017BUS2J2
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 29, 2015
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