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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 –

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © Guan Wei
    Artist information
    Guan Wei

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jiangxi Province

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

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