Butterfly 蝶, 2006

Papercut on Xuan paper
36,5 x 36,5 cm

Xiyadie’s hand-dyed paper-cuts rework an ancient Chinese form to depict scenes of gay eroticism, in which human forms are fused with nature and animal life. Xiyadie means Siberian Butterfly, a creature which survives in the harshest conditions to pursue freedom against the odds for queer-identifying people. Traditionally, paper-cuts are hung on the panes of windows and doors as symbols of luck and happiness, to ward off evil spirits and filter dancing shadows into the home.

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