I found those beautiful walls with interesting textures in a small village. When I was in China during the summer, some friends invited me to go to a village which is located deeply inside the mountain. My grandmother was raised around that area, and my father also had lived in that area for several years when he was young. Therefore, deep inside my heart, I believe that I am emotionally attached with that small village and the people over there. Without any thinking, I brought a camera and a sketchbook with me for my trip to that small village. Once I got into that village, I realized how old the place is by looking at those wall of the houses. I suddenly felt that those walls were not only just walls, they have became canvases, and every mark, every piece of the dirt has became the paint colour. Time is the brush.
What this series of work do is to remind people of the beauty of something that is created by both human being and nature.
Below is some information and picture of the village:
Hongcun (Chinese: 宏村; pinyin: Hóngcūn, lit. “Hong village”) is a village in Yi County county, Anhui Province, People’s Republic of China, near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan. The village is arranged in the shape of an ox with the nearby hill (Leigang Hill) interpreted as the head, and two trees standing on it as the horns. Four bridges across the Jiyin stream can be seen as the legs whilst the houses of the village form the body. Inside the “body”, the Jiyin stream represents the intestines and various lakes such as the “South Lake” (Nanhu) form the other internal organs. The architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties are said to be among the best of their kind in China. One of the biggest of the residences open to visitors, Chenzhi Hall, also contains a small museum. Together with Xidi, the village became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Scenes from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed on location in Hongcun.