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Painting (MA)

Wenhai Ning

Wenhai Ning (born 1999 in China) currently lives and studies in London. His works revolve around the five elements of China, the interaction between the natural environment and humans, reflecting on human behavior that destroys nature. Ning uses a variety of materials to restore the real texture of natural objects, forming a new language, and echoing the viewer's personal life experience across time dimensions, inspiring his own spirituality and inner balance in nature.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPainting (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

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In Chinese culture, the 'five elements' are considered to be fundamental to the existence and circulation of all things. Gold, wood, water, fire and earth not only represent the five basic elements of nature, but also imply the symbolic meaning of the different organs of human beings. It also contains a strong link between human behaviour and destiny and the interdependence of the natural environment and its mutual constraints. The unknown primordial morality of nature is explored through the elements interspersed in the picture, uncovering the mysterious spiritual power of living beings. At the same time, embedding themselves in the natural environment, the wilted and withered natural materials create multiple undulations and superimpositions of texture, providing a unique window to continue to look deeper. The fusion of one's own bodily movements reassembles to form a symbolic new language, allowing each person to find their own words. Transcending specific known situations in a boundless space, communicating with oneself across the dimensions of time, inspiring one's own spirituality and inner balance in nature.