The Iron Potted Flowers, Ink Art Painting1
by Yu-ning Yang
Artist Yu-ning Yang
" The iron potted flower"
Ink on paper
25 x 34 inch (64 x 87 cm)
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Yu-Ning Yang opted for vellum paper, ink and other classic oriental painting materials for this series of creation. Nevertheless, her artworks from this series rise above the boundaries defining ink painting and calligraphy painting.
Her profound adeptness at utilizing the oriental painting materials demonstrates vividly in the exquisite brush strokes captured by the vellum paper and the grainy maIe effects delivered by the Su Mo – literally meaning overnight ink, a revived dried-up ink with water. The combination of vellum paper and Su Mo, forms unpredictable overlapping of light and shadow seen in wrinkled fabric and broken irregular velvet surface.
On her paintings, we see steady grainy strokes of perfect moisture overlay and spread on the surface visited by goat- hair brushes soaked up in Su Mo with no traces of excessive ink or dry brushes.
Yu-Ning is an expert in ink. However, instead of the conventional approach, repeated strokes to darken and strengthen the object, she prefers to dip the brushes in ink of various shades of black. With one brush one color tone at one go, it creates interesting color contrast delivered by spontaneous impulse and speed.
The way Yu-Ning employs vellum paper and ink in her art creation is something between painting and photo images. Although she chooses ink as the medium, her artworks communicate with the language of images. Her swift control of the sensitive materials, vellum paper and Su Mo, allows her to express her strong and direct visual experience toward images. The grainy texture and the wide-brushed traces conjure the sensation felt at the sight of the finger mark left on the dust surface, a reply failed to arrive at the end of time.