This is inspired by the East coast of Taiwan, mainly the colours of jade waters of the Taroko Gorge in Hualein (the county known for its marbled streets and for marble) as well as the emphasis on eco friendly ways of living. Which is why I ground egg shells and used the tea leaves from Taiwan to show the essence of using recycled and upcycled elements to emphasis the eco friendly and cleanliness of the area. The effect of Jade seen in Hualein and the pacific ocean in my life for the very first time really influenced the colour scheme of this painting. Coupled that with the tribal influences seen by the Taiwan aborigines, which explains the tribal kind of feel overlay (the gold/bronze colours used with black outlines – some of them are doors when you see them in person and they have the round resin inclusions amongst other resin cabochons I made.. Taiwan has so much of beauty and mystery, it’s a part of daily living, not a once in a life time experience. There is no Blue Jade Mountain in Taiwan. Only lots of jade and marble in Hualin part of Taiwan.
Artist Jan D’Sa