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Skull Series by Zhang Huan, 2007
“I choose subjects that can jolt my spirit. Skulls represent the transmigration of life, the realization of enlightenment and rebirth. [Incense] ash is a kind of carrier of hope, made solid by souls.
1. I invite the ash back from the temple and separate it based on color and texture.
2. I sprinkle the sorted incense ash onto the surface of the painting to get the image I want.
3. I use glue to fix the surface of the painting. For different paintings, I choose the relative appropriate techniques to fix the ash.” -Z.H.
This is the dude who bought this lion as a cub in the 60’s, and then when it got too big, he let it into the wild. 10 years later, it was like the alpha male in a nature reserve in Africa and was really violent. The guy went to see it, and it walked up to him and gave him a hug.
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