Contemporary Chinese Ink Art

While many young artists from China are frustrated by the prevailing conservatism in their field, Su Yang challenges her national identity and rejects traditional reliance on brushwork and reinterpretation of the past.

She develops a style that resonates strongly with the traditional Chinese painting while making use of more globalized media and other forms of expressions. She states “I refuse to use conventional painting material, and added western painting material into my work allows me to combine ink and color in ways that are modern and abstract.” Pushing the boundary even further, she creates a new expressive visual langue in combining the use of physicality and sprite with personal feelings, in which significantly elevates her style away from just simple representation.

Calligraphy has been understood as vehicles for self-expression rather than serving a representational function.

Yang derived her inspiration from the figurative form and natural gestural inherent in Chinese calligraphy. Her work is “beyond the brush,” that is, not only a way of showcasing her personal brush styles. She has also been able to adopt western notions of conceptual art and abstraction to expand her artistic goals. Her work is powerful and energetic indeed that not only led a new perspective for viewers to think about contemporary China, but also introduced a fresh style and painting method may possibly modernize Chinese ink art.