Painting: Faith Unchained

Traditional Chinese brush painting on silk - 53x33" - 2004

Inspired by her own experience of being incarcerated in the Chinese prison, Amy Fan created this painting to express Falun Gong practitioners’ determination to adhere to their belief in Falun Gong’s cultivation principles, Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, despite being deprived of their freedom and subjected to daily verbal abuse and violence in the forced labour camps and prisons in China. The female Falun Gong practitioner is fearless in the face of torture. She insists on sitting in the Full Lotus position although her wrists and ankles are chained, suggesting she is incarcerated in prison and suffering from some type of torture. Her peaceful countenance reveals that she refuses to abandon her faith or become like the depraved torturers in the prison. An angel visits her there, giving her strength and courage to overcome the tribulations.

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