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The landscape of Nanjing’s rural outskirts is one I’m very familiar with. For me, it has a special significance as a memento of my youth. It reminds me of the endless changes and impermanence of time, life and the past. When things become too familiar, we often overlook them. When we look at them with a fresh perspective and mindset, we realize that these ordinary landscapes hold profound emotional import.

Chen Qi created a series of woodcut boards for Twenty Four Solar Terms in the 1990s, but he did not print out all limited editions. When one of the solar terms (a sort of sub-season in the traditional Chinese calendar) arrived, he would return to the corresponding work, a process that continues today. The original boards are frozen in the 1990s, but with the passage of time, the artist’s mindset has been gradually maturing and changing, and each new printing presents a different flavor. Perhaps this is the unique gift that water-based printmaking has given to the artist, nourishment for a richer spiritual imagery.

 


Beginning of Spring
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm
1994



Rain Water
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm



Awoken Insects
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

The Spring Equinox
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

Pure Brightness
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm


Grain Rain
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

Grain Full
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm



Grain in Ear
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

The Summer Solstice
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm



Major Heat
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm
1992



The Beginning of Autumn
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

Limit of heat
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

White Dew
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm



The Autumn Equinox
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm


Cold Dew
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm
1992


Beginning of Winter
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm
1993

Minor Snow
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm
1992



Major Snow
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm



The Winter Solstice
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm

Minor Cold
by Chen qi
Water Print
20 Editions
63×87cm