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Painting as Visual Poetry

Liu Linglie's brushstrokes reveal a symphony of light and shadows as the poet’s soul takes flight

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In his essay, The Origin of the Work of Art, German philosopher Martin Heidegger argued that poetry is the essence of all artistic expression. Taiwanese painter Liu Linglie embraces this perspective, conveying her poetry not only in words but also through skillful brushstrokes. The result is a collection of captivating paintings that emanate an Eastern elegance characterized by a serene, gentle, and harmonious aura.

With deft artistic skill, Liu intertwines her emotions with nature, allowing them to flow freely. It’s through painting that she expresses her yearning for the freedom of birds, shares her sorrow for the withered flowers, conveys her admiration for autumn’s beautiful colours, or immerses herself in the tranquillity of an autumn moon reflected on the lake.

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Liu’s painting Autumn-Riverside portrays the white reeds swaying in the sunset, accentuating the desolate and melancholic feeling of autumn. A dog stands before a cluster of red leaves, looking back in the distance as if awaiting its owner.

Poetic beauty

Born into a family of esteemed artists in Taiwan, Liu possessed an impressive artistic talent from an early age. Even as a university student three decades ago, her meticulous replicas of both Eastern and Western masterpieces could easily be mistaken for the originals.

Seeking to expand her artistic horizons, Liu decided to pursue a Master of Arts degree at New York University. Immersed in the vibrant cultural melting pot of New York City, where she was exposed to a rich tapestry of artistic expressions and diverse cultures, Liu went through profound self-reflection. This eventually led her to capture the poetic beauty of Eastern philosophy through her paintings.

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Taiwanese painter Liu Linglie has captured the philosophical spirit of traditional Chinese art.

“Ancient Chinese art has always been imbued with a carefree spirit; we’ve learned this from the teachings of Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi. These enlightened philosophers have inspired both Easterners and Westerners by highlighting the importance of harmonious unity with nature,” Liu says.

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This story is from Magnifissance Issue 120

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