|Title||Return to the Land of Deities|
|Artist / Creator||Colette Fu|
|Place of Publication||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Process / Technique||Archival Ultrachrome Pigment Ink Prints|
|Structure / Binding||Oversize pop-up book|
|Medium / Materials||Laser etched oak|
|Paper Stock||Inkpress Rag 300 gsm paper|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||12.5 x 17 x .75 inches closed. Opens out to 25 x 17 x 10 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 5|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
The Naxi are one of China's 55 officially recognized minority ethnic groups of China whom mostly reside in Lijiang Province. Na means senior and honored, and Xi means people. Naxi Dongba writing consists of pictographic glyphs which can only be interpreted by a "Dongba" priest. Dongba religion is based on the belief that both man and nature are half-brothers born of different mothers and the same father. Its scripture places an emphasis on this relationship between man and nature where man is punished for his exploitative abuse to nature. The glyphs here are from the ancient scroll painting The Road to Heaven, which depicts the journey of man as departed souls tortured in hell who are reincarnated as man again, and then finally are able to join the land of Deities. The glyphs are merged with imagery of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a holy mountain and sanctuary of rare wild plants and animals in Lijiang Province.
Artist BioColette Fu is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her vivid photographs in various forms of collage and collapsible artist's books. Colette received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003 and soon after began creating complex pop-up books with her photography. A passionate photographer and exceptionally skilled paper engineer, Colette has designed pop-ups for award winning stop motion animation commercials and has freelanced for clients Vogue China, Canon Asia, Louis Vuitton and the Disaster Research Center. Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress and many private and rare archive collections. Colette's numerous awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. She has attended many fully funded artist residencies including those at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Sacatar, the Vermont Studio Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Visual Studies Workshop, the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University, the Millay Colony and the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity. A passionate educator, Colette teaches pop-up courses and community workshops with marginalized populations at various art centers, universities and institutions internationally.