30 Sep 2015   |   Reviews

Summoned to Action by the Waxing of the Moon

In Vietnam, the ethnic minorities and villagers live very simply and are guided through life by the phases of the moon. The full moon is a very auspicious time when women, especially, go to the pagodas to pray, and to make offerings as they are doing in this particular lacquer work.

There are many rituals associated with the full moon, as it is considered an auspicious time to wash the hair and to make offerings at the altar. Most importantly, it is the time when there is an abundance of yin, or female energy. With the Earth and Moon being so close, the female energy is dominant.

The artist of this piece, Lan Huong, studied at the Vietnam Fine Arts University in Hanoi and decided to make lacquer painting, a unique Vietnamese art form, the medium of her choice. Every summer the Vietnam Fine Arts University has its students choose a province to go to so that they get to know their country. Lan Huong elected to go to the Central Highlands to live and work with the different ethnic minorities there. She learned about their style of dress, language, customs and their lifestyle.

Title: Full Moon 2007
Medium: Lacquer
Size: 60cm x 90cm
Price: US$4,500