From Chinese Aesthetic to Art and Design

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This article reports on the experimental journey of the study of Chinese aesthetics in Chinese ink painting and how it can be used to create contemporary art. A prominent aspect of Chinese ink painting is that Chinese painters do not aim to create a depiction of realism. The paintings are the imaginative re-creation of the experience by the painters that evokes a sense of dimension and depth. This three-dimensional and imaginative quality has to be seen and felt by the viewer. On this basis, the article will elaborate how Chinese aesthetics in Chinese ink painting can be applied to contemporary art and design and how Chinese traditional aesthetics can be inherited and carried forward in contemporary art design. The article explores Chinese aesthetics by only looking into the important principles of Chinese ink painting that create depth: perspective, yin and yang, and space. The three key essences of Chinese aesthetics will be used to create a final outcome in this practice-based research. We are seeking to sieve out transcendent Chinese aesthetic principles through transforming both the invisible and visible in order to achieve creative extension: a new direction, outside either representation or abstraction, so as to stimulate a new generation of artists and designers to recycle “tradition” in an existing Asian era.