Yang Qiu

"Dancing Pumpkin With Flower" Sculpture - "Fantastic Garden" - June 2024

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"Dancing Pumpkin With Flower" ceramic sculpture by Yang Qiu from the "Fantastic Garden" show, June 2024.

Based on the shape of a large pumpkin, this joyful piece is bursting with life and movement. Resting on 5 red-shoed legs, the body of the pumpkin is lovingly rendered in subtly gradated lilacs and greens, while the top is adorned with a riotous selection of colourful mushrooms and a single, large yellow flower with green stem growing out of the pumpkin's stalk.

height: 22cm (incl. legs & flower)
width: 21.5cm
depth: 19cm
weight: 1.165kg

Nb. this work is handmade so dimensions are approximate.

Handbuilt ceramic sculpture.
Mid fired clay, underglaze, lustre.
Handmade in Australia.

"Fantastic Garden" was Yang Qiu's first solo show at DEA EAST. It features work made during her residency in Jingdezhen, China, where she drew inspiration whilst exploring the local fruit and vegetable markets.

See Yang's other sculptures from this show, as well as our full range of work by Yang Qiu.

Yang Qiu is a prolific interdisciplinary artist based in Sydney, Australia.

Informed by her background as a pastry chef, her unique approach to ceramic creation, involves transforming local produce, such as corn, eggplants, and mandarins, into functional ceramic sculptures, all while exploring the shapes and surfaces of food in her paintings. 

She imbues her work with a sense of whimsy and childlike wonder, often characterising her creations with faces and legs, as though imbuing them with personalities and identities. 

Read more about Yang Qiu.