Yang Qiu

"Dancing Mandarin" Vase - "Fantastic Garden" - June 2024

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"Dancing Mandarin" ceramic bud vase by Yang Qiu from the "Fantastic Garden" show, June 2024.

Based on the shape and colour of a mandarin, this sweet and whimsical piece comes to life with four, red-shoed dancing legs, widespread arms, puffy sleeves and a pink bowed collar.

height: 11cm
width: 13.5cm (incl. arms)
depth: 10cm (incl. legs)
opening: 1.5cm
weight: 295g

Nb. this work is handmade so dimensions are approximate.

Handbuilt ceramic bud vase.
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 vases 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.