CURRENT EXHIBITION | TABULA RASA GALLERY
La possibilité d'une Fleur
DATE: 2021.11.06 - 2021.12.17
ARTIST: yuan yuan
Text by Deng Yixin
The underground frescoed wall discovered in 1863 at Villa di Livia as an ultimate representation of the Second Style Roman Wall Painting, was the earliest Roman garden painting. The luxuriant flowers and plants in the painted garden were precisely depicted by anonymous artists using atmospheric perspective which appeared before the Renaissance, conveying the demand for perceiving the outside world when one’s body is placed in an enclosed underground space. Thus, the depiction of the "flower" becomes a junction that integrates the sensational world and the objective world. "The possibility of a flower”, meanwhile becomes, in phenomenolocal terms, “an experience of my body in the world”
When the perception that resides in our bodies becomes more and more rich and active during its integration with the world, "the possibility of a flower" alters and transforms within the changing and back-projecting of our perception towards the world. This "possibility" being depicted by Yuan Yuan on large scale paintings enables "the flower" to be a non-subjective object: the blossom on the still-standing branches is held by feather-like green leaves, occupying the frame freely and at the same time extending outside the picture. As if the flower itself is already in self-actualisation at a majestic posture before the depiction. “The posture of the flower" and "the body of the human being” to an extent are created in the same “material" rather than independently —— as Merleau-Ponty suggested that “a component of Gestalt lies between the individual and the conception of time and space.”
Within this ontology where Yuan Yuan’s works placed the flower as "the matter of totality", it is no longer a "normal object" being seen or "the absolute" with possibilities missing, but "the forming" born in the land of light, colors and shadow: unconcealed, undefined, non-objectified, full of possibilities with that, all the flowers are reborn and united endlessly. (Et sans fin s'unissent et renaissent).