Smothered In Motherland

PhotographerYvonne Lu
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryLong Island City, United States
Photo Date2016
Entry Description

Chinese culture with its great ancient history including traditional Chinese medicine and herbal remedies, has always been a very powerful influence to me as a photographic artist. The custom of herbal baths can be traced back to the Zhou dynasty (1046 ~ 771 BC). In the series of my fine art self portrait photography work I used various types of traditional herbs, ingredients, organic vegetables from different culture to create this series. As an artist who lives far away from home, these Baths symbolize a process of healing and being reborn again because when I was growing up in my homeland, they were the miraculous nutrients that I ate and drunk in order to nourish my mental or physical depression. It generates wonderful memories for me, and to allocate some time for self-indulgence and de-stressing amid their fast paced lives.

About Photographer

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. Awards 2015 MONOCHROME AWARDS International Black&White Photography Contest - Honorable Mention in Professional Photomanipulation 2015 Photo Shoot Awards NUDE - 2015 Second Prize Winner & Two Gold Winners 2014 International Photography Awards IPA - Honorable Mention in Special Digitally Enhance 2014 ND Awards Neutral Density Photography Awards - Honorable Mention in Fine Art Abstract & Advertising Fashion 2014 IPPAwards - Honorable Mention in Lifestyle & Architecture Category 2013 Photographer's FORUM 2013 Best of Photography Contest - Honorable Mention 2013 Prix de la Photographic - Third Prize in Self Portrait 2013 6th Annual IPPAwards - 2nd Place in Animal & Tree Category 2012 Prix de la Photographic - Altered Images Honorable Mention 2012 Prix de la Photographic - SELF PORTRAIT COMPETITION Honorable Mention 2011 Prix de la Photographic - Official Selection & Silver Exhibition 2014 "City Illusion" - Selected Solo Show, SCAD Annex Gallery, Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA 2014 Talking Eye 2 Juried Photography Exhibition, Castro Valley CA 2014 Silver and Ink Juried Exhibition - "Venice", Savannah GA 2013 "It's A Beautiful Day When The Day Is Born" Atlanta,GA 2013 Silver and Ink Juried Exhibition - Savannah College of Art and Design /SCAD/, Savannah GA 2013 We Don't Talk Shit, Taipei Taiwan 2013 The Little Prince - Taipei International Book Exhibition, Taipei Taiwan 2012 Exposition des Etudiant de SCAD Lacoste, Lacoste France