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StARTup Art Fair Installation, China Obscura

China Obscura installation at StARTup Art Fair, San Francisco Office Windows of the Great Dictator, 2015 Design: View into and out of Mao's office windows from his villa Meiling (Wuhan), a retreat he nicknamed "Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes" …

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China Obscura Catalog

A catalog of my China Obscura series will soon be available from Pixalib books. You can preview and order it here.  

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Art, Space and Transformations: San Francisco StARTup Fair 2016

I'm excited to share that my China Obscura series will be part of the StARTup Art Fair in San Francisco, 29th April – 1st May 2016. For this exhibition, I will transform a two room junior suite of the Hotel del Sol with an installation …

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Printing a Cyanotype Mural in Beijing

In Beijing, we have reliable sunlight only half the year. To make my blueprints, I need strong sunlight and no rain. In spring, the pressure is on to create work which I've designed over the winter. Below: a video of Cyanotype printing on the …

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Making Art in Chiang Mai

I'm excited to announce an upcoming collaboration with Chiang Mai Art on Paper (C.A.P.) studio. Starting next week until the new year, I'll be making new artwork in Thailand's northern capital. C.A.P.'s founder and director, artist Kitikong Tilokwattanotai inspects a test bookplate …

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The Past Is Another Country

I look for raw art materials everywhere: in art stores and galleries, and even markets. Since moving to Beijing, I've been experimenting with a local specialty: tofu skin from wet markets. It's a cream-colored blank canvas for ideas. I'm an artist who lives where …

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Dirty hands make great art

You wouldn't think of an outdoor market as a good place to buy art supplies, but for contemporary artists, anything is game – from elephant poo to diamonds. In China, even a trip to the market can be an inspiration. …

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Paper Art: Create to Destroy

Paper is deceptively fragile. It can tear easily, or dissolve in water. But papers are stronger than they look – notably hemp or mulberry papers from Asia, which were once used as armor. Even today, papers are used to make …

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Fakes in China

A florid fake sunset graces a tourist shopping arcade in Qingdao, and brings me back to faux finishing in a Macau casino Stay in touch Subscribe to my articles by email. Preview

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School Days

Everywhere you go, you'll find that we're all more similar than different. Meeting these students at the Thangka Painting Academy in Shangri-la was a reminder that their experiences are taking them on the uncertain path I once chose. They're not …

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