ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛
MEDIA RGB LED display, paper collage, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), teakwood frame
DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2013
SIZE 103.5(W)×103.5(H)×9(D) cm | 49(W)×49(H)×3.5(D) inches
CREDITS Eva (painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Fabrice Amzel (video animation) • Margaret Johnson (video assistant) • Melani Murkovic (video assistant) • Jean Le Guyader (artwork documentation) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Tang Dashi 汤大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙)

No matter how hard Chunhua 春华 tried, they wouldn’t come back. She hadn’t tasted their sweet, pungent taste in years. Remembering the days when she would wander through the yard, fingers and lips stained dark red. She would pick them and put them in her dress pockets and always forget they were there. Her mother would yell at her for being so forgetful. She ruined so many dresses that Spring. But this year, something is different. Her beloved tree blooms but bears no fruit. The transience of the blossoms, their extreme beauty and quick death, reminded Chunhua 春华 of her own mortality. She would water the tree for hours, hoping to delay its inevitable passing, constantly looking at its top for new berries. Mono No Aware.

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