A Mother's Work
The Shanghai-based artist Chen Yujun was born and raised in a rural part of Fujian province, in southeastern China. In this extended series of collaged watercolors on graph paper, the artist records his impressions upon returning to his hometown for the New Year holiday. Part nostalgia, part elegy, and part social commentary, the series touches on such topics as the widespread exodus of young people from rural areas, the stripping of the land for natural resources, and the devaluation of traditional culture.
Watercolor and acrylic on paper
Gift of Stephen O. Lesser
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Chen Yujun (Chinese, born 1976). A Mother's Work, 2007-2008. Watercolor and acrylic on paper, 22 × 31 in. (55.9 × 78.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stephen O. Lesser, 2016.13.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: , 2016.13.1_PS9.jpg)
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