Wyn-Lyn Tan’s performance and exhibition Reflection explores memories, transformation, and the symbolic meaning of the lotus flower in Chinese culture. Over 100 lotus flowers and water lilies are handmade out of 宣纸 (Chinese rice paper) and蒸笼布 (bun steaming cloth),
Visitors are invited to participate in releasing these lotus sculptures into the wading pool in front of the Inside-Out Art Museum in Beijing, along with a burden or emotion they wish to let go of. It’s a cathartic gesture as the lotus floats away before sinking into the water. They are then retrieved and left to dry inside the museum along the window facing the pool. Hardy and resilient, the wet lotus flowers will ‘bloom’ again as they dry out – signifying the idea of renewal.