Reflective Journal Week 4, 20 Oct – 26 Oct 2019

One of the major outcomes of the fourth week was the essential supports of the determination of producing a book. I have decided to demonstrate the distinctiveness of the two regions through comparison. The specific method would be arranging them in a particular order. As I have decided it will be a nonlinear sequence, I will have to find out a way of maintaining the writing’s logic of supporting a narrative. I have written a simple example by the end of this week; however, it was not in English.

Here takes us to the significant difficulty of this project: the writing. Years of study in England and effort contributed to the English language granted me the ability to write essays wielding English. However, in this case, the writing is closer to literature. To my understanding, English literature has a different linguistic structure and vocabulary range. It was an isolated area that barely shares a connection with academic English. Besides, despite my constant engage in writing as well as the fondness of literature, the complexity of the design made writing in Chinese difficult as same.

At the same time, large scale individual works require being pushed. I have bought a set of Schmincke watercolour and some fancy brushes that Constable would say no in his early life. As the saying in China, “one must sharpen the tool for a specific task”, I believe these contributions were necessary. It is also the reason why even my practices consume the best materials I could found.

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I tried to “let go” of my elegantly precise painting style. It was hard, but I have got a field of dried sunflower this week. Its finishing reminded me to consider small technic features of this series. Lack of human figure as always been a unique feature of my landscape works. So far, I have decided the same. But the proposal did require a discussion of landscapes and human impact on them. Fields and crops could entirely cover the question on the Spanish part, but the English landscapes need a bit more than that.

I sketched some illustrations from the weekly visit to the Cuckmere valley. This week’s work follows the sequence of time. It does not include the nonlinear feature I have mentioned, but it will be chained with creating writing in the final stage. Trails on cliffs drew my attention. There was a quote from a famous Chinese writer Lu Xun,

“There was no path at the beginning, there are because people walk.”

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Trails! A great result of human’s interference to nature. Especially on chalk cliffs, walking and rain flushing could quickly form ivory-white pathways on grassland. Trails are covered continuously by grass if nobody walks on the same path for a long time. It was a perfect demonstration of the influence of human and nature.

The lecture this week was mind-blowing. I was surprised actually people worked on this topic with aware of how left-wing media like Twitter, selectively ignore China’s contribution to environmental preservation. The lecturer works on ecological climate crisis focusing on the sustainability of social justice between the living of generation. He believes art is an autonomy practice, isolated from crosses and other limits. He discussed whether artists and researchers can engage in ecological crisis without giving out artistic freedom.

Regarding his method of protest, I am pretty sure the statement speaks for itself. I don’t consider being arrested while protesting climate change will have an essential contribution to the subject. It is more like a personal medal, and personally a lengthy pause on artistic life. I prefer it in an orderly way. Even though China has many shortcomings, I do believe the country’s actual contribution to climate change is a model to the world (what a rare moment that I am not criticising my homeland). 

The critical review of the lecture was carried during the presentation.

I wrote:

Beyond protesters and movement pusher’s capabilities, coming up practical, detailed plans for reducing the CO2 emission. Launching an ideal structure which has the potential to be added to developing countries mandatorily can be a new kind of post-colonisation. Forcing areas below the industrial average to stop constructing the critical energy industry which majorly relies on fossil fuel, as well as methods that do not require the support of the high-tech foundation. It will ultimately damage the development of a region. It has the potential to fix a country’s position on the table of the international game. China has been massively investing in the construction of infrastructures in its undeveloped areas where poverty is dominating. It is a solution both protecting the environment and supporting employment. As it is a unique feature of socialism country, which is called “the stimulation of domestic demand”, the scale of the arrangement successfully increase the nation’s clean energy proportion as well as the forest coverage. However, it raged drastic argument about whether the enormous investment should take responsibility for the slow-down of the economy for its low to repay rate.

I drew a diagram at the end of the presentation and showed it to Mr David Cross, who was the lecturer of the week. He suggested if critical writing could be expanded to a proper form, there is the potential of future cooperation. However, I am not sure if the timetable supports this arrangement. I guess I better start now.

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An artist, painter, illustrator based in London.