This work is named after the first concept I came across in my study of Chinese‘ShanShui’ painting, ‘ChangShen’. It refers to the free experience of the human spirit in the landscape, a kind of spiritual liberation, and the ultimate state of existence to which the painter aspires. The work‘ChangShen’is based on my mood notes written during the years of study. The work is trying to return the abstract philosophy of Chinese‘ShanShui’ in words, materials and graphics. Then integrated into a complete visual system, showing the ‘visual mental image’ left by landscape painting in my formative years.
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Qianzi Chao is a Chinese artist and designer now residing in Detroit, MI, U.S.A. She received her Bachelor of Art degree from Nanjing Normal University in 2022. During her four years of undergraduate study, she studied Chinese painting, graphic design, and art education in depth. In her works, she focuses on diversification. She constantly investigates and experiments with varied media, materials, and techniques to seek more vivid, intriguing forms of artistic expression. She specializes in , for instance, painting, graphic design, publication design, packaging design and art installations, etc. At the same time, she has abundant practical experience in art education through which she is committed to integrating critical thinking into art teaching. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in 2D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2024. She will further explore and perform innovative design experiments according to new media and forms.