Chinese contemporary artists have become so diverse they reflect the nation’s cultural and economic change. So what of China’s original contemporary art luminaries?
To some, the groundbreaking impact of China’s contemporary artists has left its traditional art to incense-filled nostalgia. One aspect of traditional art, the natural landscape, is finding a renewed significance in the 21st century.
Australian artist Sally Harrison depicts the natural world with vivid strokes and dots, but there hasn’t always been such colour in her life. The widely exhibited artist uses art to heal historical pain by reconnecting with her Aborigine roots.
"I feel a connection with Shannxi through the scissors” says Hong Kong-based paper cut artist Li Yun Xiawho. In a few words, she measures the distance between Hong Kong and her native Shaanxi province in China, crossing millennia as she remembers the home of an ancient art form.
Art presentation is about more than just exhibiting and showcasing. Australian artist Adam Nankervis’ organic approach to curatorship is helping artwork find a voice of its own.