The dragon's head is prominently centered, looking defiantly across the heavens and the earth. Its claws stretch outward, embracing the eight directions. In terms of composition, the viewer's gaze is drawn to the dragon's expression, allowing them to feel mentally and visually the dragon's transcendent energy and confidence in nature. Employing traditional Tang scroll patterns (a prevalent curling pattern during the Tang Dynasty), the design is smooth, rich, and luxurious. The wind, clouds, and dragon intertwine, rolling and unfolding, creating a harmonious balance between the tangible and the intangible. Its infinite repetition and continuity symbolize the unending spirit of growth.
"Uplift" is the largest piece in the Dragon Year series. Utilizing the lost-wax casting (Pâte de verre) technique in glass, this artwork is faithfully recreated in the glass medium. The piece's color progresses from the bottom up, transitioning from transparency to amber, intensifying as it ascends, capturing a dragon's essence that is both modern and mystical. The dragon's head, body, and tail flow seamlessly in the sculpture, and the intricacy of the openwork and connecting sections showcases immense craftsmanship. Hundreds of dragon scales, gradually diminishing in size, align perfectly with the curvature and force points of the dragon's body, underscoring the majestic and far-reaching aura of the dragon.
In the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac, as a blessing for the descendants of Chinese imperial ancestor, we define it as the color yellow, specifically the amber color of the LIULI. Yellow is situated at the center of the Five Elements and is considered the color of "harmony," symbolizing the color of the earth. In ancient times, there was a saying, "Yellow generates yin and yang," elevating yellow as the primary color above all others, representing the central color.