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Title

Returning to original nature

2004


Artist

Kim Hoa TRAM

Australia, Viet Nam

1959 -


About

The painting is inscribed with a title: 'yeluo guigen' which literary means that, when a leaf falls, it returns to its root, suggesting the implication of a thing returning to its original nature. It is followed by the date and the artist’s signature: ‘painted in the year of 'jashen' (2004) by Yihe’. There are three seals: ‘Yuanqi (‘the rise or beginning of causations of events)’, ‘Shenshi (the painter’s family name)’ and ‘Foxin (‘the heart-mind of a Buddhist)’.

‘A contemplative scene is created by what appears to be two leaves falling towards the circle at the bottom of the painting. The artist has painted the leaves very quickly with a configuration of spontaneous and subtle abstract brushwork. The circle is painted or drawn in one beautifully executed anti-clockwise brushstroke. This painting is evocative of a quiet, calm scene of the moon in reflection. The leaves are reminiscent of bats flying above the moon.’ (Mae Anna Pang, 'Moon in the Reflection: The Art of Kim Hoa Tram', Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2008, fig. 15, and p. 42).

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2009.


Details


Place where the work was made

Australia


Date

2004


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink on paper


Dimensions

134.5 x 67.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Jason Yeap 2009. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

247.2009


Artist information

Kim Hoa TRAM

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Australia