My artwork in Taiwan (by Karey)

This post is about the artwork I’ve been making while living in Taiwan.

Here’s my studio desk (with Chinese landscape painting homework on it – more about that later):

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When we first got to Kaohsiung, I made a series of colorful gouache paintings.

The painting below, Gushan, captures an image in my mind of a drive along Gushan Road at the base of Mt. Shoushan (otherwise known as Monkey Mountain) in Kaohsiung where the mountain meets the city. It is a place where spirits (perhaps) meet temples and mystical mountains.

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Harbor, is about the depth of the sea, the distance across the ocean, the ports that are on both sides of the world.

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Floating moon, evokes a cacophony of fireworks, city colors, smells, sounds and tastes; a green trance and smog. Immense Time.

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The second half of our time in Taiwan,  I’ve been working on a series called, There Are No Words. Each work is on traditional rice paper that is approximately three feet long, one foot high. They are composed of meandering lines and dots – no grid, no words – only a map of my experience of living in a country where I can’t speak the language.

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Because There Are No Words is so large, I had a professional photographer take pictures of them. He wanted to take a picture with me, because, although he works with many talented artists, he works with very few foreign artists. Then I went ahead and took of picture of him with his assistant and also a picture of him photographing my work:

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Marc and I have also been taking a private Chinese landscape painting class with Shi Wang Chen (pronounced Shir). He is well known in Taiwan for his calligraphy, traditional Chinese landscape paintings, and contemporary paintings. Here is a link to an image of one of his paintings (click on the small image to see a close up of his catalogue):

http://www.aaa.org.hk/Collection/Details/5008.

Basically, Shi paints (trees, rocks, clouds), we watch, we’re amazed, and then we go home and attempt to paint something remotely similar to what he drew.

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We took a “field trip” with him a few days ago to Moon World – an area outside of Kaohsiung that is one of the main sources of inspiration for his paintings.

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This photo is of Shi next to a gnarled tree. He would be able to paint this with ease:

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He then he took us to his friend’s studio – a ceramic artist who occasionally uses Shi’s calligraphy on his ceramics.

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I look forward to sharing my paintings when I get back to Seattle.

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