A 17-year-old Vancouver artist is wearing her heart on her art with a new installation featuring a love grave of white roses and cold, hard cement.
Zhang told Daily Hive the piece represents a feeling of completeness she felt with someone.
“I wanted to create something that celebrated the breakup which is very ironic,” Zhang said. “A love grave, celebration sculpture. I think it means, although it ended I’ll always remember you.”
Zhang experienced huge success earlier this year, after a show she curated and featured in for charity became a huge hit.
Somewhere Between Almost and Barely showcased the work of youth artists in support of non-profit Starts With One.
In just two days in April, the exhibition welcomed more than 500 visitors and raised $4,000 to help fight child poverty in Vancouver.
Zhang’s new installation will be made specifically for her solo show; it cannot be made until the actual week, she said, because the flowers would die.
“The delicate flower – a sign of life – is joined by death – signified by cold, hard, lifeless cement,” Zhang said.
“That represents a juxtaposition that even though love may not have worked out, the artist will always remember. Out of emotional death she acknowledges a sense of appreciation, of relief, and of celebration.”
Where: The Waterfall Building – 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
When: Opening reception on Saturday, September 24, from 3 to 10 pm, exhibition continues on Sunday, September 25, from 1 to 10 pm
Entry: Totally free. Opening reception includes refreshments.