20 - China
The country I am representing is China. I am extremely proud to represent China being Chinese Canadian myself. I was very inspired by Chinese watercolor painting and how it is very fluid and uses a lot of obvious brush strokes. I tried to recreate this especially in the washes of dripping water and bold strokes used in the flowers. If you have ever been to a Chinese restaurant, you will often notice the large fish tanks full of vibrant Koi fish. In Chinese culture, swimming koi represent advancement and determination. Fish in general symbolize wealth and surplus, so the Chinese believe koi particularly represent good fortune in business and academics. I have also included bamboo on one side. In Chinese culture, bamboo is a symbol of oriental beauty. It represents the character of moral integrity, modesty and loyalty. It also stands as an example of elegance. This project has really helped me to reflect on not only being Chinese, but Chinese Canadian. I feel my submission is in fact a melding of the two cultures, highlighting obvious Chinese symbols of Koi fish and Bamboo, but painted in a more loose, vibrant, and modern way.
20 - Janet Sutanto
About the artist
Janet is an abstract expressionist painter living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. For the past 5 years of working as an artist, Janet's primary focus has been on abstract work, notably landscapes and florals. Much of her work is intuitive, explorative and contains a lot of texture. Janet completed a Fine Art Minor at the University of Alberta with a Bachelors oF Education. After teaching for six years, Janet went on to train in mixed media techniques at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Janet draws much of her inspiration from her love of nature and Christian faith, and she hopes to share the peace and hope that emerges when reflecting on the beauty around us.