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Cheung Chung-chu (張中柱), a Hong Kong based artist, considers himself as a calligrapher, ink wash painter rather than a printmaker, but he has been working on etching and woodblock printing (水印木刻) for decades.
As a calligrapher, Cheung has said working on a piece of woodblock is no different from working on Xuan paper (closest in character to Japanese hōsho). His calligraphy applies ink (墨) to the woodblock directly, carves out via negative spaces, inks up the plate, and then runs it through a press to get the impressions.
Since there is quite a lot of pressure from the press and the Xuan paper being fine and delicate, the ink permeates the back of the paper, and as a result, a reverse image is also printed. The positive and the reverse images (the shadow) offer Cheung a substantial space for his narrative. Cheung’s poetic expression and his unique style offer him new directions to present woodblock printmaking, and he would like to share his experience with fellow printmakers at the IMPACT 11.