“Silver River” is a contemporary reinterpretation of the seven daughters of the Jade Emperor. The legend tells the story of Zhinü the youngest daughter and her stay on earth with a cowherd. When her father finds out about her absence, he had her brought back to heaven and the lovers were banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way. Once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day.
Zhinü is portrayed draped in opulence as she pines for her lover, counting down the days till they can reunite again. There is a contrast between the vibrant colours and the mood of the picture as the flowers weep with her. The yellow chrysanthemums also serve as a symbol of parting.
Charmaine’s art is distinctively bold and spreads across a wide array of styles and mediums.