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Ode to a nightingale -20

Luzhen Qiu


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Ode to a nightingale -20

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This is one of my "dreamscape" series . Title "Ode to a nightingale -20". inspired by British poet John Keats' poem "Ode to a nightingale". I create landscapes with monotype technique. The image has the both the quality of the representational and abstract . ( I like the ambiguity of the image which could representing a landscape with rocks, lake bed, plants...or a total abstraction...)

16"H × 11"W × 0.75"D
Mixed Media


I want to make a dreamscape from my memory. By juxtaposing fragments of memories from my childhood, Chinese traditional fabric textiles, old Chinese legends, the fragments from Chinese vase… I want to tell stories. Stories about childhood’s fantasies, Childhood wonderland. My drawings are visual poems drawing the viewer into an open-ended story through images that ignite the imagination and a sense of delight by a collage of the images that I was familiar with and manipulating the formal elements of drawing: line, color, tone, and design patterns. Color pencils on layers of mylar allow me to work on the sense of depth from the transparency. The way I compose my drawings called “image mapping”, which is a hierarchical way of show the relationships among images of the whole. I started to create a single image with concept; then one by one add more images; in the mean time I also associate with each image by drawing lines, patterns. Image mapping opens a complex visual diagram to guild people viewing my drawing.

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