Gānbēi – Inspired in China

My visit to Guizhou Province in the summer of 2017 through the China Cultural Centre was my first experience of visiting China. The colours of this wonderful country, and particularly those of the cities, towns and villages we visited in Guizhou struck me through their saturation and boldness. I was also impressed by the crisp lines in the architecture, both old and contemporary, as well as in a variety of natural habitats. However, the visual element that captivated me most enchantingly was the play of natural light during the day and that of electric lights after sundown.

As in most other cultures, drinking is a social leveler that bonds human beings together when exclaiming cheers, nasdarovie, evviva or ganbei. A particular drinking game involving seven fountains informs the awkward-to-handle dimensions of this piece. It can also be seen as a fragile large libation receptacle, capable of precarious balance.

 

Inspired in China
Touring exhibition after my visit to Guizhou in China, invited by the China Cultural Center in Malta, with venues including the Launch at the Parliament of Malta Building, January 2018.
SkyParks Malta International Airport, May 2018.
The Ministry of Gozo, May 2018.

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