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| January 22, 2014

Gao Yuan 高媛

12 Moons


@ The Wall

January 2014

“Twelve Moons” is a series about 12 Chinese mothers, their 12 children, and the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

I am greatly moved by the beauty of Italian Renaissance painting, and most especially the Madonna and Child symbolism. I sought to imbue the new China art with the same spirit. During the process of creating this work, I gradually found an understanding of the connection between the Chinese society of today and Italy of the Renaissance.

The current conditions manifest the same gaps in cultural and wealth distribution between the two cultures.

I began this project with a casting call to find the best mothers and their infants to express the dichotomies of the new China society and the rapid development of the new China economy. The mothers came from distant villages all over China. Their husbands were low-wage workers in the construction sites. In Twelve Moons, the children were 3 to 8 months old, a period of the most rapid physical growth, as the new China is emerging after stunning growth.

The Chinese zodiac is a 12-year cycle. The birth-year animal is believed to be the determining factor in each person’s life. The background of each photograph is a composite of several digital photographs: a “mash-up” of the new and the old China.

Learn more about Gao Yuan’s work on her website.

Please stop in at the MMAS to see the exhibit!