碗 WAN 'Made in Melbourne' exhibition

The ‘wan’, 碗 or bowl in Chinese, references a strong Chinese cultural reference of family with an imaginary floating world. Sitting happily on a fictitious playful landscape, Vei reimagines her childhood with scattered; caonimas (alpacas), bahulus (egg cake), paper boats, pencil trees and firecrackers. The Merry-Go-Round play-top suggests the everyday play with lanterns adorning it, referencing the idea of togetherness during the Yuan Xiao (Full Moon Night) on Chinese New Year. A layering of worlds and landscape, ‘Wan’ taps on the idea of reunion, family, memory and play that runs deep in Vei’s Chinese heritage.

A bit of a late post!  This is our first sculpture ever, made for the 'Made in Melbourne' exhibition which ran from 19th of Feb to 6th of March in Auguste Clown Gallery.  It was such an experience for us, in terms of scale, detail and technique, it was definitely an intense roller coaster ride but all so well worth it!  

There are 3 big elements which form the sculpture; the "BIG" top, the bowl and the ground.  Within all three components, they consist of little even smaller items (inspired by childhood nostalgia stories) which shape them to what the three main structures are.  It's 'sculptures within a sculpture'! 

We are really happy with the outcome!  Hope you enjoy our 'BOWL' sculpture.   

The ground, The bowl, The big top

The ground, The bowl, The big top

In the bowl, there sits two handsome mountain, some green and a playful paper boat. 

In the bowl, there sits two handsome mountain, some green and a playful paper boat. 

All "controls" by a wind up key! 

All "controls" by a wind up key! 

The ground is the Alpaca ride on their playground - the forest.  A river is formed in the middle which feeds the Alpacas water, but also as another layer of infinite play. 

The ground is the Alpaca ride on their playground - the forest.  A river is formed in the middle which feeds the Alpacas water, but also as another layer of infinite play. 

Pretty mess

Pretty mess

Little elements which reference to Vei's childhood

Little elements which reference to Vei's childhood

The opening night! 

The opening night!