Wu Chi-Tsung is a talented Taiwanese artist who is turning traditional Xuan paper, also known as rice paper, into collages depicting stunning landscapes. His works, showing unsteady oceans, icy glaciers, and rock formations, are inspired by the traditional Chinese painting style Shan Shui.
Chi-Tsung creates these unusual artworks by covering wrinkled rice papers with photosensitive coating. The papers are then exposed to the sun to bring out the lightning and shading. Finally, the artist organizes the papers into coherent groups and mounts them on canvas. Brought together, the pieces look like massive paintings.
As a final touch, Chi-Tsung applies white acrylic to increase the depth of the scenery.
“They could be anything, because they are not representing any real landscape,” Chi-Tsung explained in a chat with Ocula magazine. “This is the spirit of a Chinese landscape.”
Chi-Tsung, who splits his time between Tapei, Taiwan and Berlin, Germany, is engaged in various other media photography, videography, and set design. Through his works, he aims to combine the “traditions and contemporary art forms from the East and the West.” Among things that inspire him are “daily objects and phenomena,” which he enjoys turning “into poetic imagery.”
Check out more of Chi-Tsung’s works below.