Return to the Origin No. 3, from the series Return to the Origin
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.
46.5 x 27.3 cm
Mollie Douglas Bequest and funds provided by Silas Suen 2020
Not on display
© Guan Wei
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Under the Stars, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2020–07 Feb 2021