2021

Shan Shui: Landscape Painting

Siyu Xiao

Siyu Xiao

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

2021

Shan Shui: Landscape Painting

Siyu Xiao

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

2021

Shan Shui: Landscape Painting

Siyu Xiao

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Shan Shui means the traditional Chinese landscape painting that uses mainly ink to paint on paper. An abstract landscape is formed by matching the black color of the ink and the white color of the paper, like the concept of “yin” and “yang” in Chinese culture. Light and shadow can also create this effect: this installation creates different layers of mountains by controlling the light source, and viewers can manipulate the brush to “write” a poem. The translation of the poem is: Mountains and rivers on any foreign land, with wind and moon under the same heaven stand. This poem not only corresponds to this projected landscape but also expresses cultural empathy. As this poem implies, even though people from different regions have diverse cultural backgrounds, they all share the same emotional perception and empathy. Through this lighting installation, I hope to provide an interactive experience for the audience, establishing a bridge of cultural communication, sharing “the wind and the moon under the same haven stand.”

Shan Shui: Landscape Painting