The 2020 Southeast Queens Biennial
Oil on canvas
Lotus in the wind
Throughout China’s five thousand years of culture, the lotus has always been a symbol of character. Because the lotus flower grows from mud and is not stained by it, it represents the pure and noble behavior of the soul. This represents us in today’s modern society, where we should not only not be affected by the bad environment, but should also strive to always keep our heart kind and pure, and grow ever upward in the tide of society.
Oil on canvas
Falun Dafa Exercise
the spiritual practice of Falun Dafa employs five sets of exercises of which a meditation component is one. Meditating in ancient China was commonplace. Class played no role, and whether it be from the aristocrats or common folk, people meditated before studying and meditated before going to bed. Today, people of all nationalities around the world practice Falun Dafa for its tremendous effect in improving both physical and mental health. One day Jinyu Li (artist) woke up in the morning and saw her neighbor meditating. Her neighbor was a western girl, practicing the fifth exercise of Falun Dafa. She looked gorgeous meditating in the early morning sun. Jinyu Li took her picture and drew this oil painting. For more information about Falun Dafa, please refer to: www.falundafa.org
Oil on canvas
Where is My Mom?
In 2016, Jinyu Li met a family in New York City who had just come from China. The two children were a son and a daughter, and the children’s eyes were full of tears because their parents were unlawfully sentenced to many years of inprisonment in mainland China simply for practicing Falun Dafa. These two lovely children touched Jinyu Li’s heart, and she started to draft this oil painting. Since the persecution of Falun Gong by Chinese commusit party，many families have been separated and children have been displaced. The background of the painting features Sujiatun Hospital.
In 2016, two couples who fled from Sujiatun Hospital in China testified during a US Congressional hearing. The couple related at the hearing that about 5,000 Falun Dafa practitioners were at the time detained in Sujiatun hospital for the purpose of live organ harvesting. The husband was a surgeon who participated in the live removal operations, and specialized in eye extraction. Since this incident came to light, many human rights organizations have begun investigating the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) crimes of harvesting organs from live non-consenting prisoners. Canadian MPs David Kilgour and David Matas have launched an investigation that has lasted over 10 years. As a result of the investigation, they wrote a book compiling the facts to delve into the crimes of live organ harvesting perpetrated by the CCP. In 2017, the U.S. Congress issued resolution 343 to condemn the live organ harvesting carried out by the CCP.
For more information about the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), please visit: http://www.ninecommentaries.com/
Oil on canvas
Calling upon conscience for justice
Jinyu Li’s friends joined the movement for raising awareness of the truth about Falun Dafa practitioners who were and still are cruelly persecuted in China. Among the people part of the movement, one lady, named Kangni, traveled across Europe alone, wielding a sign and carrying leaflets of information of the truth to tell people of the situation in China.
Jinyu Li depicted the scene on canvas, and wanted to use the form of a painting to show the spirit and ideals of the Falun Dafa practitioners who used peaceful and rational methods to try to stop the persecution and who have persisted for over 20 years to tell the truth to the world. Jinyu Li believes in the spectacular nature of the movement for human rights in China. The effort displayed by the Rev. Martin Luther King in progressing human rights in America, can be likened to that of these courageous souls who raise awareness for the rights of their wrongfully harmed brethren.