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Koi

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by Indyana Chambers


Image of artwork titled Koi by Indyana Chambers

Unfamiliar with inks, this image is a reflection of a developing personal interest in traditional Chinese culture. Traditional Chinese art was predominantly practised using ink on paper, contrasting the prominence of oil paint used in Western tradition.

My previous experience is with oil works, inspired by the Romanticists that greatly contrast Chinese works, such as those from the Song Dynasty. This work expresses the dynamism in the movement of koi fish and attempts to find some sort of visual interface between these two artistic traditions.

'Koi' is a focused study of our surroundings and the link that this carries with our emotive perceptions of the world. The small amounts of chaos and colour play through the water, a gentle flick of the fin sending dark ripples swirling.