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Shiwan ceramic sculptures are highly representative of the Lingnan architectural folk art of the southern Guangdong Province from the late Qing Dynasty. Historical stories, myths, legends and popular Cantonese operas of the time often served as inspiration and were subsequently embodied in the form of three-dimensional sculptures or high relief ceramics on the roof ridges of buildings.
Young local artist Iam Wai Man was awarded Best Creative Special Prize and Best Work Prize during the XXIII Collective Exhibition of Macau Artists for her Chinese painting "Maiden's Prayer", in which Iam employed traditional Chinese brushwork to depict a portrait of the Mother Mary.
Over the last two years, a local group has produced art, design, video, music, films, writing, broadcasting, etc. under the banner of "Macau - Creatives". The group's "Macau - Christmas - 2005", a music video about a designer's conflict, was shown in Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China, and nominated by the International Amateur Film Festival Fol-8 in Poland and Alternative Film/Video 2006 in Serbia.
Historical literature has it that a long time ago, in a conversation with Shun, the wise national leader Yu indicated that he would love to wear ‘a formal attire of five colours' [Yi and Ji, The Classics of History]. Apparently, this costume was not intended as mere adornment of the human frame but rather a visual statement by which to announce a particular social position. From this we can deduce that from time immemorial human design has embodied man's aesthetic wisdom while conveying a recognisable significance to fulfil assorted realistic functions.
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