Visual Work

Qian Yuan is a senior art director based in Shanghai, China. She currently works in the advertising industry...

The Night is Darkening Round Me

This is a sculpture / installation piece called The Night is Darkening Round Me. I took the name from one of Emily’s poetries and this poetry has another name called Spellbound. My piece is a moor model made out of the papers from 16 Emily’s books – 8 Wuthering Heights and 8 The Complete Poems of Emily Brontë. I want to use this piece to explore the relationship between writers and readers. From writer’s angle, they create works influenced by their inspirations. From reader’s angle, there are thousands of understandings of a same work and nobody dare to say that he / she understands the writer. Through the bitty words on the grasses, people can encounter Heathcliff and Catherine somewhere or discover the world of Gondal by accident.

Size: 1m * 2m
Material: MDF, polystyrene, bamboo sticks and papers from books

The night is darkening round me / Spellbound – Emily Brontë
The night is darkening round me,
The wild winds coldly blow ;
But a tyrant spell has bound me,
And I cannot, cannot go.
The giant trees are bending
Their bare boughs weighed with snow ;
The storm is fast descending,
And yet I cannot go.
Clouds beyond clouds above me,
Wastes beyond wastes below ;
But nothing drear can move me :
I will not, cannot go.