Shanghai is Burning

In the collages you compose for your work, is there a particular system you follow? Or do you just put together all the different elements according to your aesthetic vision?
"There’s a blurring of time right now, the coexistence of the ancient and the contemporary. The ancient is in us and the now is blaring at us in our faces. It is easy to forget the past, as this new present emerges at a rapid rate. My work wants to show this in juxtaposing images – the then and the now."

“The Shanghai collages lingered after numerous visits to China. Deep variations between the dark, old, ornate, curved and tiled roofs of ancient Chinese architecture hidden beneath the new gleaming-with-pride tall building geometries left chiaroscuro images in my mind.”
These neo-surreal landscapes suggest a conglomeration of my imagination's best & worst of scenarios. . .


Please scroll down

Click here for larger images

 

 

 

 

The Pheonix
A Qing-dynasty (1644-1911) print shows the nine-headed phoenix, a being from Chinese mythology with a bird's body and nine heads with human faces. It is one of several hybrid creatures mentioned in the Classic of Mountains and Seas (Shanhai jing), where it is said to dwell in the Great Wilds to the North at the mountain called Celestial-Coffer-at-the-Northern-Extremity.
The Chinese phoenix is not quite the same as the Greek bird, but it is also another mythical creature that is designed to portray peace as well as harmony in the world. This mythological bird is called fenghuang and is the leader of all birds and the second most important creature (after the dragon) in Chinese mythology. It is considered to be an embodiment of yin and yang.



In a Dream of Chiaroscuro / A New World is Born, influenced by the “sixiang” which create ideal conditions for living. Practical environmental concerns mingle with metaphysics creating ideals when North, South, East and West ideal requirements are met and there is alignment with the constellations of Black Turtle, Red Phoenix, Green Dragon and White Tiger.

 

 


 

 

 

..... ...Shanghai Psychic Landscape

.........Original mixed media collage with drawing
.........and mono print, private collection

.........H= 17 1/2" x W=6 1/4"

.........3D Imaging Lenticular Print
 .........H=37.75" x W=17.25"
.........$8,000

........The 3D Lenticular medium print conveys the ........historical depth of the chaotic ever-changing ........sensation of modern China overlapping the ........past.

.........Fine art print archival watercolor paper
.........H=37.75" x W=17.25"- $4,000

.........Shanghai Burning as the Phoenix Arrives

....... .Original pencil drawing, digital additions, markers and watercolor,
.........Artist’s collection

.........H=20" x W=13 1/3"

.........3D Imaging Lenticular Print
 .........H=37.75" x W=24.75"
.........$8,000

..........The 3D Lenticular medium print conveys the historical depth of the
..........chaotic ever-changing sensation of modern China overlapping the ..........past.


.........Fine art print archival watercolor paper
.........(H=37.75"x W=24.75")- $4,000.


.........

A Phoenix Arrives in Shanghai/The Beginning of Forgetting

Original pencil drawing, digital additions, markers and watercolor, Artist’s collection

H=20" x W=13 1/3"

3D Imaging Lenticular Print
H=37.75" x W=24.4"
$8,000

The 3D Lenticular medium print conveys the historical depth of the chaotic ever-changing sensation of modern China overlapping the past.

Fine art print archival watercolor paper
(H=37.75" x W=24.4")- $4,000.

........ Dream of Chiaroscuro / A New World is Born

.........Original mixed media, private collection

.........H=49 " x W=38.5"

.........3D Imaging Lenticular Print
 .........H=37.75" x W=29.1"
.........$8,000

.........The 3D Lenticular medium print conveys the historical depth of the
.........chaotic ever-changing sensation of modern China overlapping the past.

.........Fine art print archival watercolor paper H=37.75" x W=29.1"- $4,000.

 

.........A Phoenix arrives in Shanghai

.........Original Digital Sketch base for ........new art, Artist’s collection

.........H=10 " x W=7 1/4"

.........Original - Private Collection



image