Irene Chou was in the forefront of the Hong Kong art scene from the late 1960s onward, steering the Chinese ink-painting tradition toward abstraction and an engagement with both traditional Chinese philosophy and Western modernism.
Australian Chinese and Hong Kong artist Irene Chou engaged with traditional Chinese philosophy, the abstract and expressionist elements of Chinese ink painting, and Western modernism to seek an individual expression in art.
By freely splattering ink and duplicating the ink blobs to form chance images, Chou makes an allusion to a natural world of reflected light and images. Reflection is symbolic of the artist’s search for knowledge of dao and a state of “pure heart” through inner reflection. It is her imagination of Daoist freedom and mystery that connects her subjective world with the powerful life forces of the universe.
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