Mian Situ

Mian Situ

Day Dreamers: Miao Girls from Basha, Guizhou Province

  • Oil on canvas
  • 20" x 16", artwork
  • 27.5" x 22.5" x 2", framed
  • Contemporary
  • $10,000

Acquired by American Legacy Fine Arts directly from the artist

In the painting, “Day Dreamers,” Mian Situ reflects on a cultural way of life that is rapidly vanishing. The two maiden girls in the scene are from the Miao tribe located in the isolated mountainous region of Basha Village in Guizhou Province. This ancient ethnic group still lives in wooden houses and is essentially untouched by modern civilization. The Miao people live primarily in southern China and form one of the largest ethnic minorities in Southwest China. They are highly skilled at embroidering, weaving, paper-cutting, batik, silver and jewelry casting — and incorporate their handicrafts into their clothing. Some members of the Miao sub-groups, most notably Hmong people, have migrated out of China into Southeast Asia (northern Vietnam, Laos, Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand). The two Miao girls depicted here are wearing their talents, as evidenced in their fine embroidered clothing and silver jewelry, in hopes of attracting prospective husbands.

Mian Situ: Passion, History and Culture, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena, California, May 6 – June 11, 2022

Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, January 15-19, 2014

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