Posted on August 29, 2011
Publisher: The Bulletin
The Bulletin features Nancy Chu Woo’s Exhibition. Her paintings involve the mastery of her skills, but also feel the intensity of the dialogue between the artist and the medium. Nancy’s method of painting, which was first practiced in late 8th century China, is the ink and color wash technique, a spontaneous splattering of colours and ink onto the paint surface which does not involve the use of the traditional brush. The artist paints unconfined by lines, paying great attention to the way that water, ink and colour work together on very wet paper and, utilizing Western methods at the same time, mastering the application of colours by hand.
In Nancy’s landscape works, she moves away from primarily figurative studies of spaces to an escalated level of awareness of the natural world. They move away from the representational subject matter and challenge the imagination. They are about the meteorological and cosmological phenomenon of the world. Nancy regards the works as a union, a synthesis of the cosmological and nature, landscape or atmosphere. To her, everything is abstraction in some dimension and while doing these works, it has challenged her to meditate on the philosophy of life.