The traditional ink drawing elements of black and white are taken up by Cui Jinzhe with skillfully rendered images and diverse, decorative elements: details from Buddhist symbols, characters in the ancient myth legend, Chinese auspicious patterns, and paper cut segments, which are built and disassembled within the abstracted, accidental landscapes of ink blots and spills.
Exploring how patterned, decorative elements dissolve into an ink splashing landscape, Cui constructs a unique, beautiful, and sometimes terrifying world. Encountering images of characters, realistic and fantastic, within the threat of disintegration and incoherence, they are mediated in a balance between dynamic and static. Elements are at times united and at other times mutated and revealed in their transitory, shifting and contingent forms. There is a sense of the familiar as well as the surprising, combining within the chaos and contingency of an ink flow.
Cui views her work as an Oriental diagram - a reflective meditation of the prosperity of interactions and the singular isolation that can be found in the unlimited diversity of nature and form. The work reveals hybrid realms sprinkled by moments of intuition, poetry, fantasy, growth and collapse that are both oppressive and attractive. The work is lush and bold, with moments of careful refinement and delicacy that displays the possibilities of ink drawing construction and elaboration, but also of destruction and dissolution inherent in the natural world.
These works often are installed on screens or scrolls, traditional forms for display, interworking with multi-media visual and sound landscapes.