Ink and Wash is influenced by Chinese calligraphy, in particular the work of contemporary Chinese, New York based artist Gu Wenda. His works, Negative and Positive Characters and Tranquility Comes from Meditation, liberate themselves from traditional technical and aesthetic structures. His work often rearranges Chinese characters over surreal splashed ink landscapes.1 These interrogations and juxtapositions create ’new’ symbols tied with social critique.2
For me, the works confront repression and the power of the human spirit. These ideas are expressed sonically in various strokes and lines of light and shade, attack and decay, from singular gestures to the mass.
1 “ Mythos of Lost Dynasties Series—Tranquility Comes from Meditation (Primitive World, Composition of Words, and Synthesized Words),” The Met, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/77530
2 “ Mythos of Lost Dynasties Series—Negative and Positive Characters,” The Met, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/77538
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