URN (Detail) . 2018 . Acrylic and Sumi Ink on Paper, Collage . 46" X 33"
With roots in traditions of Chinese landscape painting, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann's paintings and installations evolve a fantastic, abstract vision of the natural world. Monumentally scaled, Mann chooses to paint her lush, densely patterned landscapes on paper, a tradition in Chinese painting. Mann regards paper as a medium of vulnerability and expansiveness, susceptible to crease and tear as well as collage and collation;” these qualities, palpable throughout her large exuberant compositions, are layered with paint and paper and brimming with motifs of vining ribbons and delicate flora entwined with broad meandering bands of color.