oil on canvas 30"x 120"
My name is Ma Chao, and I've recently moved to the US from China. I'm currently working on an animated short based on a story by Lu Xun called "The Kite." I also am a painter. Recently I've been working on a series of paintings based on my travels in Tibet. The theme for this series is "Horizon." I'm interested in how the horizon is viewed by people in different settings. In the city, for instance, you usually aren't able to see the true horizon, whereas the flat landscape of Tibet allows you a view of an almost limitless horizon. This view is so unfamiliar to most of us that it seems almost surreal, and yet what I portray is realistic and natural. How is it that nature appears so unnatural?