i dance with you
Installation, handcut mulberry paper, watercolour, light projection
100 x 100 cm each, 4 units

‘i dance with you’ is an installation consisting of a pair of papercut Qilin wings – the subject – and the light projection – the shadow. The Qilin (Kirin) is a mythical creature in Chinese and other East Asian mythology. It is a holy beast composed of a dragon (qi) and a phoenix (lin) – yin and yang – and is said to bring prosperity. Although it can attack and fight like a dragon, the Qilin is gentle and kind. It does not even trample on insects or flowers.

This installation combines papercut with shadow images – an interplay of yin and yang, the light and dark, the organic and technological. It depicts the Qilin in flight in a journey through time. Mythical stories of Gods, legendary rulers and ghosts adorn its wings, as well as carvings of nature, inspired by the Classic of Mountains and Seas (Shan Hai Jing), a Chinese classic text.

Reflections of Asia: Collectors and Collections
7 July 2018 – December 2019
Powerhouse Museum – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
500 Harris St, Ultimo
Sydney Australia