God Money -art of Orange Li

(God Money or Ghost Money) is a currency that was created for the Gods or Ghosts that live in another world. The paper money that has gold leaf is for God and you can burn it and then pray for something  you want in your life: Peace, Wealth...etc. 
紙錢是一種由人們創造出來悼念祖先或神明的貨幣,而這一個系列有金箔的紙錢則是燒給神明的貨幣。讓神明有金錢享用,但同時你可以祈求自己的願望:平安、財富...等等。 

在我的記憶中以來,燒紙錢祭拜過世的祖先、鬼神是一個非常神聖的儀式。
小時候逢年過節都要燒紙錢祈求全家平平安安,長大後做生意也要燒給財神爺祈求富貴。
When I was a kid , the memory of burning  God Money or Ghost Money was a very sacred thing.
They burned it  at every festival and during New Years; They even burned it for their own business to pray for more wealth.

因為在台灣的環境家家戶戶幾乎有這樣的習俗,從小的記憶下,那種看著火焰慢慢把紙張燒成灰燼的過程是很美麗的,用火將人間的訊息轉換並傳遞給鬼神。在這樣的一個記憶下,我創作紙錢藝術的過程也使在異鄉的我找到某種心靈上的平靜。一種像是在作品中一遍遍的祈求著幸福、一遍遍訴說著我的故事。像是從作品中訴說我的人生並傳遞到另一個世界,另一個空間。
(延伸閱讀: 旅居紐約藝術家黎慶怡 Orange LI 創作出世界最大的金紙和靈感(未完成文章)) 
Almost every family in Taiwan  followed this tradition. From my childhood till now, I always really enjoyed the process of burning this magical paper into ashes. It is such a peaceful and beautiful experience.  The fire transforms the message and delivers it to the Gods. Based on these memories I grew up with , I created this paper money art to help me  find a way to ease my pain and find a way to release my emotions. I find peace in it. it is a way for me to tell myself that I can pray for  happiness, and to remind me that he life I live in, and then to create my story in it. I tell my stories again and again in my art , burn it from my brush to transform to another world and another space.

這次三張大張的複合媒材藝術作品,我是使用油畫布貼上從台灣金紙工廠訂製的金箔,並使用壓克力、塑膠玩具、噴漆以及針線做了這件作品。我切割了布面,我是用剪刀先刺穿油畫布後再剪開,不規則的紋路像是人生中的傷疤,一次次心痛的時刻,在用力刺穿布面的過程也是我對於作品的一種激情,帶有愛以及恨,而我們在如此傷痕累累的狀態中還是如此的堅強,並擁有獨一無二的美麗。
當割開畫布後面的燈光、窗外風景、牆面也都會成為作品的一部分,值得一提的是當變換的燈光閃耀在畫布的線,如同時時刻刻變幻的人生,碎裂不堪卻繽紛閃耀。
(延伸連結:在2017紐約長島市Paper Factory Hotel x House of Yes 合作藝術展的影片)
These three big art works are mixed media on canvas, I ordered the traditional gold leaf from Taiwan factory that made real God Money. I used acrylic paints, plastic toys , spray paint and sewing needles to work on it. I cut the canvas with scissors, the irregular pattern just like the scars in our life, every moment our heart breaks, the difficult times or the pain we have go through. First I poked a hole in the canvas then cut it open.  The process to create this work, filled with my passion mixed with love and hate. We are covered in wounds but we still stand proudly and strong, We have that one of a kind beauty.
Through the holes in the canvas, you can see the lights, landscape, and walls behind which become part of the art work. 
In the 2017 art show at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, New York , the changing color lights behind the art work brought the meaning to life. like our lives, we are always changing, sometimes we feel like things are falling apart but we still dance and still shine in this life party
(The Video of 2017 art show at Paper Factory Hotel x House of Yes )

下圖為影片中藝術展的Paper Factory Hotel飯店空間: The pictures below is from the art show in the Paper factory Hotel. 

 

1. God Money- Madness of Love 瘋狂的愛 
 mixed media on canvas  97" x 72"
"The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings."-Plato
"I have loved to the point of madness: that which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love. "-Francoise Sagan

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瘋狂的愛,一種瘋狂的迷戀。
這張作品完全體現我在美國紐約的心情,以及環境對我的衝擊,雜亂的、不平衡的、扭曲的、奢華的、爆炸性的、卻也讓你覺得刺激、新鮮,週遭充滿了生氣!心浮氣躁和複雜也是可以是一種美。
"Madness of Love", a love filled with passion.
This art work shows how I feel about New York. The environment surrounding me is messy, twisted, uneven, luxurious , and explosive. It also makes me excited, fresh and full of energy. The emotionally unstable , agitated and complicated can be another kind of beauty. 
我在這神明金紙藝術作品上有著散發如火一般的邊框,是用畫去代替燃燒,散發著源源不絕的能量並傳遞到另一個未知想像的空間,也許是代表著我那方新靈魂吧。破碎的、坑洞的畫布仍然撐起整張畫面。如同人生、如同愛。 不規則的線條是描著金箔上的皺褶,因為這些自然產生的皺褶代表著我們的人生經歷,起起落落。顏色有喜悅的黃、純潔的白、也有憂鬱的藍和綠、熱情的紅...用黑色用力地描繪這個刻骨銘心的色彩。 經歷愛、痛、婚宴、性愛和夢想.....交織纏綿成這張瘋狂的愛。沒有要刻意去簡化、沒有要去尋找平靜,只是瘋狂的燃燒自己,瘋狂的投入那已經讓人無法呼吸的愛,讓自己投入那會讓自己遍體麟傷的愛,讓自己被這一切重重地掩埋。
I made this "God Money" with a border of flames because that is how this "God Money" is used, by burning it.. This glowing energy will spread and transform the stories and feelings to another unknown world. Maybe it means sending it to the other side of to visit my new soul. The tattered , broken canvas still holdsit together. like our life, like our love. I trace down the irregular nature that wrinkles the gold leaf, there I painted on these slight lines to present our up and sown lives. The color of yellow with joy, white with pure, blue and green with sadness, the red with passion and anger...I used the black lines to paint the outline of the unforgettable moment. To live, to experience the love, pain, marriage, sex and dreams...all of these are intertwined , lingering within  the art -"Madness of Love".
I don't want to simplify it, I don't want to find peace in it, just burn it and burn yourself like crazy. Embracing the breathless nature of love, by throwing myself into the love, I might cut myself all over my body, and get buried into the ground.

2.God Money- Madness of Money 瘋狂的金錢
Mixed media on canvas 105" X 64"

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人們對於瘋狂追逐著金錢、權力的追逐時時刻刻上演在都市叢林的社會。
This is about people becoming obsessed with money and power. This is a drama that happens everywhere in our jungle society.

第五大道上金光閃閃的奢侈品牌、開車跑車帶名錶的男人、拿著愛馬仕包包當武器的女人。這個城市充滿了塞滿了所有的慾望,連在這呼吸都充滿了奢華。
The shining luxury brand everywhere in the Fifth Ave, men drove sport car and wear prestigious watches, Hermes bags and Chanel clothes are these women's weapons. The city is stuffed with objects of desire. Even when you breathe, you breathe in the sumptuous desire.

畫面中的品牌圍繞著金色的核心,兩側畫有白色的龍鱗線條,這些品牌在這個社會中是一種盔甲,裝飾自己所想要的尊敬,用品牌金錢分出貴賤,貴族制度並沒有在現代社會中消失,反而存在於另一種形式-瘋狂的金錢!
Many different luxury brands surround the gold leaf. The two sides of the black border have the dragon scale pattern, this is symbolic of armor in today's society, to decorate yourself in the way you want people to admire and respect you. The wealth separates people into different levels, then we realize the Aristocratic system still exists, they just changed to another form- "Madness of Money".

底層的多數人幻想著有天也能有金字塔頂端的生活,電影、廣告、音樂推廣著這樣的美麗生活。糜爛的美麗。外在鍍著金箔掩蓋著許多不為人知的秘密,透過那被大品牌撕裂的傷痕,穿透那一針一線也許你也會看見背後空洞而虛偽,但...也許這也是一種美,不是嗎?
On the bottom are the majority of people that can only dream about one day being at the top of the pyramid. The movies, advertisements, and music all promoting this kind beautiful life. The decadence of beauty. The external covered with gold , with many secrets hidden behind. You can see through from the scars ripped by the big brands, then you might notice the emptiness  and the hypocritical, but....maybe that is another kind of beauty, isn't it?

這件作品是表達出一個現實的狀況,一個我所身處社會中
This is a work that tells a sobering story about the society we live in.

3. God Money- Beauty of Death 死亡的美麗
Mixed media on canvas

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我深信當你面對死亡才能真正地活著。
Only when you face death , is when you can fully live.
因為我們終將死亡是一個必然性的,如何準備死亡則是這件藝術作品的核心---我選擇不顧一切的慶祝即將到來的這一切!
這件作品中是充滿了玩味的趣味。用骷髏代表死亡,但是顏色是如此充滿了活力和希望。用另一種角度看待死亡。
We all will die one day, that is inevitable. How to prepare for death is the main idea of "Beauty of Death"-I want to celebrate all the things that will come to me regardless of all the dangers.
所有的骷髏像是在空中跳舞和飛揚,噴漆的色彩像是在金色空中散發出的光芒,像是一個慶典。
All the skulls are dancing and flying in the air, the color of the spray paint like the glowing color in the gold sky, is a ceremony, not unlike a party of transformation

當我2015年在台灣開了第二次的巧克力囊腫刀時,醫生說是否要檢驗可疑的囊腫是否為惡性?我選擇不要。因為我不想要帶著懼怕活著,當時我對自己說, 不論是好還是壞,不論我生命剩下多少時間,我都應該要好好的去活。因此我願意付出一切去追尋我所想要的創造生活。
In 2015 I had my second surgery for a chocolate cyst. The doctor asked me if I wanted to test the tumor? I chose not to because I don't want to carry  fear with me. I told myself, it doesn't matter whether it is good or bad, no matter how long I can live, I have to start to create the life I always want to have.

原本的悲傷卻轉換成了慶典,因我選擇慶祝著即將來到的喪禮,我選擇在這炙熱的火焰中跳舞。
The sorrow I felt was transformed into a festival where I choose to celebrate the funeral that will come soon in the future. I chose to dance in the fiery flames.
中間的大顆骷髏我用彩色的線交織著連結眼、鼻和口。他帶著微微憂鬱向下的眼神,但是還是堅強的笑看這一切。鼻子中是一個彩色男性的陰莖的圖像,當一個生命的結束又是一個生命的開始,精子撞擊卵子後死亡而創造了新的生命,一個源源不絕的永生的概念。像是所有的線連結著這整個宇宙,沒有什麼是真正的死亡,沒有結束也沒有開始,一切都是個過程,一切是為了成為那橋樑連到下一個代、下一個未知的世界。準備好這一個軀體的死亡,學著在這火焰中跳舞到倒地的那一刻。然後回歸到這宇宙中下一個循環。
The middle of the skull I sewed with colorful thread, connecting with the eyes, nose and mouth. He(She) has melancholy eyes, but still is strong enough to face all the things that will happen in front of him(her). A colorful penis on the nose, is present to show that  the end of  life is the beginning of a new life, like sperms and eggs ram into each other then create a new life. like all the thread on the canvas connect to each other to the whole universe, nothing really dies, there is no beginning nor ending . All of this is a process, all become a bridge to the next generation, next unknown world. Preparing for death in this life, we learn to dance around the fire until we fall to the ground, then forward to the next cycle in the universe.