The Blind Men and the Elephant

The Blind Men and the Elephant

Author: Xiao Long Hua
Chinese/English, paperback, 48 pages
Published by Neverend/Yuchen Culture in March 2022.

All rights available.

Handling territories:
World exclude China.

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“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. “William Blake

A New Interpretation of the Classic Story "The Blind Men and the Elephant".

The popular version of "The Blind Men and the Elephant" uses four examples of the blind man touching the elephant to demonstrate that we cannot look at things from a biased perspective. However, Xiao Long Hua discovered that in other versions of "The Blind Men and the Elephant," there is a Buddha "King Mirror" who can penetrate the surface and gain omniscience. On this basis, he constructed the "Mirror Kingdom" where the story took place, and with a unique visual image and artistic language, he combined "The Blind Men and the Elephant" with the legend described in the ancient Miao song "Mother Butterfly" to retell a new story on endless knowledge and exploration.

Xiao Long Hua uses engineering blue paper as the background in this work to deconstruct the form of the object into a figure, so that the "image" becomes a "phase." Graphics have been stitched together. In this case, he uses "splicing" of graphics to reflect the story's fluidity, and four different graphics to express the elephants perceived by the four blind men. The story continued to change like a kaleidoscope after the King Mirror received four answers, which conveys that everyone gets a limited answer through his own path, but even with this limited answer, there are infinite possibilities.

About the Author

Xiao Long Hua is an artist based in Shanghai.
His creation involves paintings, installations, comics, and sculptures. He excels at breaking down material constraints and creating new possibilities in space.

盲人摸象

作者:小龍花
簡體中文,平裝,48頁
千尋Neverend,2022年3月

可授權繁體中文
藝術家小龍花融合苗族古歌《蝴蝶媽媽》所述傳說,重述經典故事《盲人摸象》。 
從此,一頭笨重的大象幻化為一隻輕盈的蝴蝶,繼而衍生出萬物,變化萬千,無窮無盡。


🐘若感知之門豁然,則求知之門無盡——全新詮釋的經典故事《盲人摸象》
普及版的《盲人摸象》用四個盲人摸象的例子告訴我們,看待事物不能以偏概全。 但小龍花發現,在《盲人摸象》的其他版本中,還有一個能夠參透表像獲得全知的佛陀「鏡面王」。在此基礎上,他又構築了故事的發生地「鏡面國」,並以獨特的視覺形象和藝術語言,將《盲人摸象》與苗族古歌《蝴蝶媽媽》所述傳說相融合,重新講述了一個有關於求知無限、探尋無盡的“盲人摸象”故事。 


🐘抽象的“鏡面國”世界,幽藍之中顯現一個更藝術、更顛覆、更深刻的“摸象”故事
在這次以“盲人摸象”為題的命題創作中,小龍花以工程藍紙為背景,將物體形態解構為圖形,使“象”成為“相”,最終呈現的一個個畫面猶如由更複雜的七巧板圖形拼接而成。 在這裡,他使用圖形的“拼接”以體現故事發生的流動性,並分別用四個不同的圖形來表達四個盲人所感知到的大象。 鏡面王獲得四個答案后,故事並沒有停下,而是如萬花筒般不斷發生變化,無窮無盡。 意指「每個人通過自己的路徑得到了有限的答案,但即使這有限的答案,也有無限的可能。 」


🐘”柵格“封面設計,以流動的方式打開書本
此版《盲人摸象》繼續由設計師呂旻操刀,在裝幀設計上與上一版做出區別,通過另一種打開書本的方式,呈現萬物流動、幻化萬千的樣態,呼應本書所提出的“殊途同歸,最終都可以逐漸接近這個世界的真相。 ”


🐘追加作者後記,講述作品誕生歷程
該版《盲人摸象》附加了作者小龍花的後記。 在後記中,小龍花講述在其外公、著名連環畫家賀友直的影響下,自己開始繪本創作后的點點滴滴,並闡述這本書的選題緣起和創作思路。

作者簡介

小龍花
原名薛穎峰,工作生活於上海的藝術家。
創作涉及繪畫、裝置、漫畫、雕塑,擅長打破材料的原始束縛,在空間中構建新的可能
代表作品:《盲人摸象》《大遷徙》等。

千尋Neverend
一個認真做書的文化出版品牌,關心兒童地位,專注美與思考,宣導終身學習。 在文學、教育、藝術等多方面陪伴愛學習的人一起成長,從不一樣的角度深讀自我、周遭和世界。其他出版作品有:《尋謠記》《中國故事·全三卷》