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Laurie Balmuth
Old and New
2006
Ink on paper

12 x 14 inches
Calligraphy and Abstraction

Columbia Center for the Arts
From the series: Ink and Brush studies

This is a single Chinese letter composed with ink the the 'five colors of ink'. This term refers to the variation that can be achieved with the use of Chinese ink and water on Chinese paper. This variation can evoke the colors of the scene personal to the viewer, more subtly than the use of watercolor. There is a purity of the black and white image analagous to black and white photograpy in relation to color work, or the concept of reading a novel as vs seeing a film made from that same novel. 




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