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Daily Helping for November 21st, 2020 – Ru Xiao Fan – Youth

A photo of Youth, by Ru Xiao Fan. A porcelain bust where the head is replaced by a large bouquet of flowers.

I miss going to museums. I miss discovering new works and artists during these visits. The joy of never knowing what treasures await you in the next room. Today’s helping comes from my last museum visit before the second lockdown began. I went to the Musée Cernuschi because it had been on my to-see list for months, and I was pleasantly surprised by the scope of historical artifacts and artworks on display. The museum is arranged chronologically, meaning I discovered this sculpture near the end of my visit. Titled Youth, by Ru Xiao Fan, this piece immediately caught my attention. In fact, I spent several minutes standing in front of it, taking it all in.

The information placard told me that the material used to create this piece is porcelain. Personally, I’ve never worked with porcelain, but I can’t imagine it was easy to create the fine detailing of all the flowers. The case holding this artwork was positioned in the middle of the room, meaning I was able to circle around it to fully take in all those details. Again, I can’t comment on the craft behind it, but the final result was exquisite. Specifically, the design of the flowers was truly beautiful. I looked up Ru Xiao Fan after my visit, and according to Google, flowers are a common motif in his work. He also lives and works in Paris, so I’m hopeful I’ll be able to see more of his work once the museums re-open. Mostly because I’ve decided you can never have too many flower-bouquet-as-head statues in your life.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!