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Title

Return to the Origin No. 3, from the series Return to the Origin

2014


Artist

Guan Wei

China, Australia

1957 -


About

Guan Wei has often looked to the constellations in the sky, recalling their mystical interpretations, interstellar lines of connection and magical creatures. Here, he conjures them again when pointing to the chaotic and exhausting pace of modern life. He asks us to “free our hearts… and return to the origin”; to look to the stars and see in them the potential for “infinite freedom and happiness”.

The design of this work draws inspiration from the Chinese legend of Pangu, the first living creature. In ancient times, heaven and earth were said to be combined in a giant egg inside which Pangu grew. After 18,000 years, the division of heaven and earth occurred and Pangu sprang forth. This powerful being created the sun, moon, stars and everything else in the universe.


Details


Alternative title

原点


Place where the work was made

Jiangxi Province China


Cultural origin

China


Date

2014


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

porcelain


Dimensions

46.5 x 27.3 cm


Credit

Mollie Douglas Bequest and funds provided by Silas Suen 2020


Location

Not on display


Accession number

193.2020.2


Artist information

Guan Wei

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Jiangxi Province

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Under the Stars, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2020–07 Feb 2021