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Ruth Ju-Shih Li

Eden (image 1 & 2)


Raw clay, raw porcelain, traditional Chinese wooden plant stand, water

160 x 60 x 50cm


Black Bubble (bird)


Black Clay, procelain, glaze, gold

5.5 x 8 x 8cm


Black Bubble (claw)


Black Clay, procelain, glaze

5 x 8 x 8cm


Black Bubble (grevillea)


Black Clay, procelain, glaze

6 x 9 x 9cm


These works extend on the artist's continued fascination with time, life, death and the continuous cycle of life, change, decay and renewal.

Artist biography

Ruth Ju-shih Li is a Taiwanese-Australian artist whose works draw on her myriad of cultural and spiritual heritage, both philosophically and aesthetically, while exploring different ways of narrating both traditional and multicultural concepts of beauty, transcendence and the sublime as a cross-cultural language into the spiritual.


Building on this fascination, Li draws inspiration from the language of dreams, myths and of utopia in order to examine the cultural confluence of identity as a global language. A recurring motif is her meditation on the fragile nature of the human condition in relation to the paradoxes of life, death and time. This layering of imagery becomes a metaphorical representation of the self that extends onwards to consider the transitory nature of human existence. Li divides her time between her studio in Sydney, her birth city Taipei and her ancestral homeland of China - where her second studio is based in the porcelain city of Jingdezhen.


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