This fanatastic Yin Yang painting painted by the artisans in Bali meticulously depicts the philosophical idea of the Yin and the Yang.
In Eastern thought, the two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life. Yin is asymbol of earth, femaleness, darkness, passivity, and absorption. It is present in even numbers, in valleys and streams, and is represented by the tiger, the colour orange, and a broken line. Yang is conceived of as heaven, maleness, light, activity, and penetration. It is present in odd numbers, in mountains, and is represented by the dragon, the colour azure, and an unbroken line. The two are both said to proceed from the Great Ultimate (taiji), their interplay on one another (as one increases the other decreases) being a description of the actual process of the universe and all that is in it. In harmony, the two are depicted as the light and dark halves of a circle.
The concept of yinyang is associated in Chinese thought with the idea of the Five Phases —metal, wood, water, fire, and earth—both of these ideas lending substance to the characteristically Chinese belief in a cyclical theory of becoming and dissolution and an interdependence between the world of nature and human events.
Acrylic on Canvas
Measures 100 cm x 100cm