Anja Liu
Kiln Transmutation, 2016
Set of 4 acrylic on canvas

This group of artwork was inspired by Chinese kiln transmutation. Kiln transmutation refers to the natural glazing color variations as a result of temperature changes during the firing process in the kiln. Ancient Chinese thought that kiln transmutation was the result of combining the power of artisans and nature, and was beyond human efforts. This series of work attempt to display the graphic pattern of kiln transmutation using painting, yielding a sense of uncertainty with free brushstrokes. My intension was to present an unpredictable object with uncertain manual approach, with the final work exhibiting an image that has been propagated through multiple uncertainties.