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Li-Lan

Other Names: 朱禮銀

Artist Website
Female
American, Asian American, Chinese American, German

"My models are ordinary pieces of paper and notebooks that I happen upon, in my studio or anywhere. Perhaps I find the paper folded or torn, the notebooks open or closed, but each contains a mystery for me and becomes the raw material for a still-life.

"I have often been asked if my work is carefully scaled and premeditated. On the contrary. To begin, I make only a rough sketch for composition, but the image is developed as I work and build up the layers of paint.

"Pages upon which nothing is yet written speak to me: their blankness anticipates a beginning. And in their stillness, I find a place for meditation."

--Li-lan, Artist Statement, Oct. 9, 1980

Gallery of Selected Works