Joy 乐, 1999

Papercut with water-based dye and Chinese pigments on Xuan paper
176 x 176 cm

Xiyadie’s hand-dyed paper-cuts rework an ancient Chinese form to depict scenes of queer eroticism, in which human forms are fused with nature and gay virility meets the fertility of gardens and animal life. 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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