Chinese artist Zhou Fan has created this series of paintings based on dreams he had as a child of jellyfish floating in the sky. In these dreams some of the jellyfish fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. Zhou does a masterful job of visually recreating his childhood reveries in vivid detail and bright colors.
In this series, Zhou has several paintings of women wearing hats composed of a wide variety of living things – ladybugs, plants, flowers, fish and jellyfish. At many levels these items have little in common so it is surprising how Fan manages to paint them so they fit together so harmoniously. Zhou’s cornucopia of combined beings reflects life in China today – a mish-mash of many different influences.
Zhou says, “… (childhood) dreams had a strong impact on me, and I remember them vividly. Somehow I feel that it is easier to focus on dreams than reality. In one particular painting, there is a boy crying because he keeps things within him, is easily sad, and he refuses to face reality.”