Reflections exhibits a selection of Wu Lan-Chiann’s work produced over the past twenty years. Displayed in reverse chronological order in the museum’s galleries, the exhibition has three themes; early career work, dusk to dawn series, and current directions. “Wu Lan-Chiann has a very special eye”: says MEAA Curator Nicole Chang. “Starting from a young age, she combined Asian and Western modes of representation into a personal style that is intensely poetic. Blending two very different painting traditions, she has emerged as an artist with an authentic style marked by decisive brushwork and delicate application of colour.”
Wu Lan-Chiann is currently based in California. After arriving in the U.S., she further embraced Western techniques but remained true to Asian ink painting. Western influences are particularly noticeable with the use of one-point perspective and the application of light. To her, light is a metaphor of human resilience. In her paintings, the glimmers of light represent the love, hope and strength that shine from within people and carry them through challenging times in life. In her recent work, Wu Lan-Chiann is interested in capturing the precious but fleeting moments of life through the depiction of free floating petals and leaves. She sees a comparison between the rhythm of nature and the human cycle of life. Her work captures special moments and at the same time represents the invariable and eternal cycle of life and nature.
Link to the exhibition:http://www.meaa.org.uk/future-exhibitions/reflections-contemporary-ink-paintings-by-wu-lan-chiann.html