Guan Wei

(China, Australia 1957 – )

Return to the origin, no.7, from the series Return to the Origin

Location
Not on display
Further information

Guan Wei has often looked to the constellations in the sky, recalling their mystical interpretations and the magical creatures thought to be portrayed among them. In this bust-like sculpture he conjures them again and points 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”.

As Guan Wei puts it “everything in the universe, including particles, atoms, stars, galaxies, and the universe itself are living entities. These include the negative and positive sides of the moon and the repulsion and attraction of constellations under universal gravitation. Multiple focal points, repeated cycles and phase sequences are all connected. This is the eastern view of the universe” (Guan Wei, 2020).

Place of origin
China
Cultural origin
China
Year
2014
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain
Dimensions
46.5 x 27.3 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated base, underglaze 'Guan [Chinese character], G.W 2014'.

Credit
Mollie Douglas Bequest and funds provided by Silas Suen 2020
Accession number
193.2020.1
Copyright
© Guan Wei