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MONOGRAPHS & CATALOGSAh Xian
QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY
Paperback, 8.25 x 9.75 in. / 56 pgs / 80 color. | 9/2/2004 | Not available
Published by Queensland Art Gallery.
Edited by Ian Were. Essays by Suhanya Raffel, Lynne Seear, and Rhana Devenport. Foreword by Doug Hall.
Ah Xian's breathtaking work “Human Human - Lotus, Cloisonné Figure” is an exceptional example of contemporary figurative sculpture, one that melds traditional materials with up-to-date conceptual concerns. The life-sized female form, stocky and thick in its bodily curves, stands solidly covered in a delicate pattern of pink lotus flowers, wide leaves, and long stems. Its construction relied on a labor-intensive technique practiced in China since the thirteenth century, cloisonné, which involves forming a copper base; soldering small filigree copper strips (cloisons) to it, usually in a pattern; applying fine enamel pastes to the small compartments separated by the cloisons; firing the whole in a kiln dug in the earth; repeating the enamel and firing steps until all compartments are filled; grinding and polishing until the surface is uniform; and, finally, gilding the exposed copper sections. Earlier works by Xian reveal similar concerns, including busts made in jade inlay, carved lacquer, and stained, pierced, or glazed porcelain.
Queensland Art Gallery
Paperback, 8.25 x 9.75 in. / 56 pgs / 80 color.
Pub Date 9/2/2004
Out of print
Catalog: FALL 2004
ISBN 9781876509798 TRADE
List Price: $19.95 CDN $25.00