As the most powerful mythological creature in Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol for more than simple raw strength—it is a symbol for virtue and power in kindness. LIULI artists chose this design, complete with the ruyi-shaped accompaniment of water to represent that strength. As the finale and grandest piece in the 2018 collection Directional Clarity, “The Space between Heaven and Earth,” here expresses a steadfast conviction through coupling the grace of heavenly wisdom and earthly virtues.
- The Chinese view dragons as the ultimate symbol of power. In ancient times, people worshipped dragon totems as they offered spiritual support in times of turmoil; they believed that the dragon’s power was almighty. The Chinese also believed that the dragon was a messenger between the mortal world and the heavens, communicating their wishes for protection and blessings.
- LIULIGONGFANG calls upon cultural sentiment and societal beliefs to conjure a dragon that is awe-inspiring and which harbors an innate strength. It represents a steadfast conviction that runs through the veins of all Chinese people.
The Space Between Heaven and Earth depicts a divine dragon crouched upon the crest of a cloud at the edge of the water to symbolize an inextinguishable force. Under the dragon’s guardianship, the people are granted light, hope, courage and blessings.
- The narrative construction of the piece applies a conceptual style to the rolling waves and a representational style to the dragon. The dragon’s fine details convey limitless power and a steady confidence that holds all within its control.
- The artist conveys tension and strength through the dragon’s form; its sinewy form coils and tapers as it nears the tail. This complex craft posed a challenge to our artisans who not only needed to tend to every detail, but had to do so without causing breakage. The dragon’s reds and golds bleed into the golds and blues of the water. This ombre effect joins the two subjects into one congruous form.