Yin & Yang is a fanciful illustration based on a passage entitled The Chinese Dragon in Jorge Luis Borges Book of Imaginary Beings. Borges described the allegorical symbols of the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang in which the Yang, or male side of all things, is symbolized by the sky, mountains, the color blue, and the dragon. The Yin, or female side, is symbolized by the tiger, the color orange, poppies, and the valley.
This painting was done as a portfolio piece using animation cell paint (acrylic). It was composed so that it could be used as a wraparound book cover, but was eventually used for the cover of software to cast the I Ching on a computer.