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Artist creates a paper trail to the imagination

By Wang Qian | China Daily | Updated: 2022-07-20 10:40
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Paper is transformed into marine creatures and installation artworks in the skilled hands of Wen Qiwen.[Photo provided to China Daily]

What's more, she has a bold idea about using fire in her paper artwork.

"I like Cai Guoqiang, an artist famous for his spectacular fireworks. As a paper artist who is fascinated by fireworks, I want to explore the possibility of combining both," Wen says.

"My idea is that I create a paper installation and then burn it. What will be left? The burning is a process of spallation. It is close to my current situation, finally stable psychologically, through all the struggles and depression after giving birth," she says, adding that the first months being a new mother were unsettling for an artist, whose body seemed to be stuck, while the mind was still active.

"Even if I fail, I will keep exploring the possibilities of paper, which is the main motivation for my art," she says.

She knows how hard her exploration can be. It took her several years to make the art installation By Flow. She couldn't remember how many times and methods she had tried to keep the jellyfish afloat in the water.

Wen even learned scuba diving to make a video of her swimming among the paper jellyfish. The filming lasted several hours, and she was freezing.

"The process was unforgettable and the result is good," the artist says.

For Wen, art has no boundaries and she lives for that.

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