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"A Secret Love For The Absolute" (唯爱莫属)By island6 六岛 (Liu Dao)

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2022

Textile (Cotton, Fabric, Thread), Rgb led display, acrylic on plexiglass, vietnamese linen embedded in hand cast resin, teakwood frame

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Dimensions: 51cm (H) x 51cm (W) / 20.1" (H) x 20.1" (W)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.


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Artist Statement

When we look up and see the vast blue sky or go swimming in the dark blue ocean, we forget blue is the rarest color in nature. There are a few flowers like lilies, morning glories, and poppies but blue roses do not exist. That is unless we’re talking about “The Legend of The Blue Rose” (公主与蓝玫瑰). In Chinese folklore, an emperor’s daughter was to be married soon, her father allowed one stipulation for her suitors. Her request was simple, she would marry the man who could bring her a single blue rose. The first man paid a florist for a painted rose, however when the princess held it, paint dripped on her hands. Another man carved a rose out of sapphire. Offended, the princess replied she wouldn’t marry a man whose heart was as cold as the stone. Next, a man asked a wizard to craft him a blue rose. The princess was presented a wooden box containing what looked like a pristine blue rose. When she reached inside her hand passed through it, it was a mere illusion. Angrily she rejected this suitor as she couldn’t marry someone so deceitful. Disheartened by the outcome she retreated to the garden where she met with the gardener’s son. They trusted one another and he was dear in her heart, she wished she could marry him. The next morning, he presented the princess with a single white rose. The room rapidly filled with whispers and shock. The princess held its petals and declared, “this is a blue rose”. The emperor gave his blessing for if her daughter said it, then so it must be. The couple lived happily until the end of their days painting colorful flowers everywhere they went.

Perhaps blue roses are not as rare as we think.

 



Artist Profile

Born: 2006
Hometown: Shanghai
Based in: Shanghai

island6 六岛 (Liu Dao) is a Shanghai-based collective of tech-geeks and creative talents whose driving force is collaboration. Since its inception in 2006, this dynamic international group has produced multimedia art that muses on the relationship between the delicate qualities of traditional art and the technical complexities of the contemporary. …

 

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