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Many of Qimeng’s works are inspired by poems and local tales.
The “Tiger’s tears” were inspired by a haiku written by Kobayashi Issa in 1792. The text: “石と成雲のなりてや虎が雨” tells us the story of Soga brothers revenge. Tora Gozen, the tiger woman, was a courtesan in Oiso-machi. She was a lover of the elder brother Soga No Juro. In the course of revenge, Juro was slayed. After which Tora becomes a nun, spending all her time praying for her deceased husband.
Sympathising with Tora’s pain, the following generations represented rain on the eve of May 28th of the lunar calendar as a haiku named “Tiger’s rain”.
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Qimeng’s work lies in the intersection of east asian aesthetics with abstract arts. With a deep fascination for water, she interweaves its flowing into twisted objects, natural creatures and female body parts. This mysterious character of water allows her to visualise the relationship between human beings and nature at a deeper, subconscious level. Qimeng’s creative process lends herself to identify as an Earthling, Asian and female.
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