Photo: Yiping Li_Salamander_2019_China
The artist says:
“It is said that the custom of planting a cypress by the tomb began with the Qin Dynasty.
During the Han Dynasty in China the cypress became part of the funeral concept.
Death makes man’s body parallel to the earth, his head and foot turn toward
the source and the sea; the shadow of the cypress, like a man walking, shows dignity and evokes emotions.
The work “Salamander” brings the upright cypress down to earth
and echoes its shape in the shape of a living creature; the work looks after the stream creeping out of the tomb after the body has been buried.”
Yiping Li participates in Wert/voll at UBA Dessau and Grassi Museum Leipzig in Fall 2019.