When ink follows its own path along an old piece of paper, when pen traces along the rim of water, when all is quiet and still, the spirits and souls appear. My works feature the theme “Spirits and Souls” using a variety of mediums including the traditional Chinese medium of ink and water. Sensing the cultural nihilism in modern day China, I want to experiment with ink as a carrier and voice for Chinese culture. I studied the style and ideology of contemporary Chinese ink artists, most notably, Shao Yan. In my own artwork, I dropped oil onto ink plates and accidentally discovered a mesmerizing reaction. When the oil meets the ink, they engulf, envelop and embrace one another. The materials of oil and ink are symbolic of both Western and Eastern cultures. Through my artwork, I hope to rediscover a Chinese art and cultural consciousness.

Trinity Wang