Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann
With roots in Chinese landscape painting traditions, my paintings and installations offer a fantastic, abstract vision of the natural world. My work confronts a challenge: the resuscitation of landscape painting in a world where “landscape” is represented and defined through an ever-widening field of digital, graphic, and visual formats. How can a painting capture flux, abundance, waste, fertility, and the collision and collusion of diverse forms? How can it respond to the pressure we place on our era’s fragile ecosystem? My paintings explore both questions by sustaining a tension between the artificial and the natural, the chemical and the biological, the organic and inorganic. In my most recent work, I embrace the tradition of landscape painting, experiencing it for what it has always been: an occasion for radical experimentation and confrontation with the world, in the broadest sense of the term, that sustains us.