The Jaunt #024 - Sigrid Calon
“I was very curious about China, this enormous country and its completely different culture. Before leaving I didn't have any concrete expectations, but rather a lot of curious questions. What does it mean to move around in a city with so many people? Is there still something left of the old culture and traditions in a city that has 'exploded' in the past twenty years, and doesn't show any signs of slowing down?
The grandeur of Shanghai is undeniable. The never-ending skyline, the huge amount of buildings filled with apartments for all of the people in the city. There is a lot of everything. There are countless photo opportunities at every corner, but I mostly found the beauty in the details and the situations in the older and poorer neighborhoods. Strange and special materials, forms and colors in abundance. Above all what stood out to me were all the strong contrasts, rich/poor, old/new, east/west, industrial/craftsmanship, order/chaos.
I feel a kinship between the Chinese signs and the abstract visual language I have created in my own work. Inspired by the tradition of Chinese calligraphy, I have for the first time added hand drawn elements into this print. The multitude and repetition of the elements refer back to the endless blocks of buildings stretching far beyond the horizon. The gradient in the back is referring to the grey skies, colored either by fog or pollution, I couldn't quite tell. The colors, with my own twist, are some of the most important and used colors in Shanghai.”