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Auction: Chinese Contemporary Ink
was auctioned on: 29 May 2016
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CHU CHU (B. 1975)

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Estimate: HK$26,000 - HK$30,000
ca. US$3,348 - US$3,864
Price realised:  HK$68,750
ca. US$8,855
Lot number 868, Views: 4

CHU CHU (B. 1975)
Whisper of Trees: Elaeagnus (Book of Poetry: Grass-Insects) Whisper of Trees: Camphor (Search for West Lake in My Dreams: Pavilion of the Jade Lotus)
CHU CHU (B. 1975) Whisper of Trees: Elaeagnus (Book of Poetry: Grass-Insects) Whisper of Trees: Camphor (Search for West Lake in My Dreams: Pavilion of the Jade Lotus) A set of two scrolls, mounted and framed Ink calligraphy on black and white photograph Each scroll measures 49.5 x 49.5 cm. (19 ½ x 19 ½ in.) Note The photographs from Whisper of Trees series have 5 editions. The artist has inscribed calligraphy on the shadow of the tree branches hence each edition is unique. A native of Hangzhou, Chu Chu grew up in an artistic environment and studied at the China Academy of Art in her hometown, her father having graduated from the same academy. Since childhood, Chu received training in traditional Chinese painting, graphic design, oil painting, photography and film, and at her doctoral education she studied calligraphy under Wang Dongling. Chu explores the relationship between traditional and new media and integrates them in her artwork. Whisper of Trees series combines Chu’s black and white photography and her running script calligraphy. In encountering the change of season from winter to spring, Chu felt a subtle emotion of hope through the plants she saw at the botanical garden. By photographing the plants that she picked up from the garden, Chu captures the humble existence of a branch before it withers and returns to dust. Chu’s photography accentuates the simple lines of the tree branches; her inscription of classical Chinese texts at the shadow of the branches becomes a subtle and intimate conversation between the artist and her subject matter.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Chinese Contemporary Ink
Date of the auction: 29 May 2016
Address: Christie's
Convention Hall