Sunflower

Material: Chinese raw rice paper

Time: 2015.11

Size: 12 X 16''

Sunflower is my favorite flower. It is always facing and following the Sun. It is a flower that exhibits positive energy, brave, and perseverance.

 

The word sunflower comes from the Greek word: Helianthus. 'Helios' means ‘Sun’ and ‘anthus’ means flower. Greek mythology talks about the story of the origin of the sunflower.

 

Once upon a time, there was a water-nymph called Clytie, who fell in love with the God of the Sun Apollo (or Helius). She had an obsession with him and she would sit on the ground and stare up at the sun all day long ... However, Apollo never noticed her.

The other Gods took pity on her and turned her into a sunflower. Clytie's legs became the stem, her face became the flower, and her golden hair turned into the petals. Although Clytie became a sunflower, she continues to follow her love. It is a little bit sad story about the reason of sunflower always facing the Sun and turning with the Sun where it goes.