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Luzhen Qiu


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This work is inspired from a classical novel " Dream of the Red Chamber" by Cao Xueqin in the 18th century , which is generally considered to be the greatest of all Chinese novels and among the greatest in world literature. I juxtapose the Chinese traditional architecture design elements and my drawings of rockeries ( rockeries are one of the Chinese garden design elements ) flower pedals. Made a cyanotype with them.

30"H × 40"W × 0.75"D
Mixed Media
cyanotype on watercolor paper


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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