Gold / 2018 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait

Smothered In Motherland

  • Prize
    Gold in Portraiture/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Yvonne Lu

Chinese culture with its great ancient history including traditional Chinese medicine and herbal remedies, has always been a very powerful influence to me. In this series of my self portrait photo work, I used various types of traditional herbs, ingredients, organic vegetables from different culture to create a meditated scene and vibe. As an artist who lives far away from home, these Baths symbolize a process of healing and being reborn again. Chinese herbs were miraculous nutrients that I ate and drunk in order to nourish my mental or physical depression. This inspired me to research for different styles of healing methods from different cultures.More On:

Yvonne Lu is a Taiwan-born fine art photographer who currently residing in New York City. Her fine art and self portrait works are mostly taken from her frequently travel experiences. She has attempted through photography to capture and represent both the reality and the unreality of cities worldwide. When she travel, She feels like everywhere and nowhere, deep in the zero degree, living threshold to threshold, in a sublime and seemingly never-ending transitional state. She has attempted to portray the liminal and illusory impressions these cities left with her – concrete chimeras with cries and claws which we all experience but are never sure are real.

Yourself is the only what is real.

Non Goldin once said “I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. I stave off loss. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost and I realized the limits of what can be preserved.”

Yes, I can’t preserved others, but I won’t lose myself.