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     behind the image, the imagination

                                                        --Mong-Lan

                                                     

 

Watercolors

 

Selections from Mong-Lan's watercolors.

 

"Rose 1," 15" x 20."

 

 

I painted these watercolors while living in San Francisco and Tokyo.  Living in Japan, a country whose language I could not read or understand was jarring and disorienting at first. I began painting in forms whose meaning I did not understand.  I began to be comfortable in being at a loss.  I let my unconscious take over. 

 

The absolute freedom that watercolors afford uplifts me.  Color, unbridled color, carries emotion diligently and adroitly.  Water, like a strong buffalo, carries the unconscious on it.  From water, the world emerges.  From water, land rises and is made greener.  Water breathes.  Color gives us our humanity.  When painting, I let the medium take over and am submerged in its own thinking.

                             Mong-Lan, Oct 2004.

 

 

"Green & Red Rain"

12" x 16"

 

"Typhoon"

12" x 16"

"Interior"

15" x 20"

 

"Eyes"

15" x 20"

 

"Thinking"

15" x 20"

 

"Sun in Blue"

15" x 20"

 

"Blues Rain", 12" x 16"

 

"Tulips 1"

12" x 16"

 

 

"Tokyo Heights", 12" x 16"

(below)

"Red Sun"

15" x 20"

 

 

 

 

"Rose 2", 15" x 20"

 

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