The girl and the phoenix

It’s a cold rainy day and i’m in bed. This is an artwork i worked on. It’s a girl holding a phoenix with a jade seal and a black jade cup. The story is that when my mum let me wear one of her pendants she told me it was given by our relative. My mum told me phoenix is for girls and dragons are for boys. The jade seal and black jade cup are for remembrance. A long time ago when i was not well and hallucinating to the West having visions to the East i bought this jade seal and black jade cup in an antique shop. For some reason i was really drawn to it. The jade seal has a small chip on the dragon’s tail and and the cup fell from a table one day and chipped slightly. It is said that when jade breaks it breaks to protect you. So coming full circle, i somehow only just realised it. To show my appreciation for the jade that broke to protect me i wanted to do this drawing. I guess its time. At least in this drawing, the energy of the jade and the memory of its soul and completeness still exists in another realm.

Desiree Charmaine Lau
Desiree Charmaine Lau

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My name is Desiree Charmaine Lau. I studied two years of a Fine Arts Painting degree I transferred and completed a degree majoring in Anthropology (study of human culture) and English, and undertook a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing). I have written essays and continue to write Fiction, Fantasy and Poetry. I have a penchant for darker themes and love to explore the darker side of life. I love creating dark art and art that explores the subconscious mind and the afterlife. I love exploring and understanding the nature of existence and trying to write poems and novels that describe how I feel. I create art that is searching for answers and jewellery that reflects a kind of quiet spirituality.