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Traditional Chinese Tools

As the brush glides across the rice-paper, it seems to “actually dance on paper,” according to Leong. The artist is allowed greater manipulation with the Chinese brush because of its pointed and soft bristles, as opposed to the flat, stiff bristles of the Western brush. Energetic black strokes and the strong contrast provided by the black ink are some of the characteristics that distinguish Chinese calligraphy.

Cultural Connections

Lampo Leong
Associate Professor, Art
UM Columbia

By Tanya Sneddon