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(Chinese, b. 1963)
Handscroll, ink and color on Xuan paper
Overall: 37.8 x 953.2 cm (14 7/8 x 375 1/4 in.); Painting only: 34.6 x 657.8 cm (13 5/8 x 259 in.)
The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2012.99.1
Ji Yun-Fei explores the themes of human migration and environmental change in this 14-meter long handscroll. “We risk losing ourselves even more, metaphysically, as we become more and more disconnected with nature and memory,” Ji says, alluding to the human cost of rapid development. The artist created a narrative inspired by China’s rich cultural tradition, drawing from memories of folktales and ghost stories. His imagery, both fanciful and realistic, provides metaphors for reflection on human conditions.
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