Cascading arrangements of ink subtly mask forests and signs of human habitation. A poetic sense of abstraction suggests the immensity of all that lies between heaven and earth. Incorporating elements of Western art such as perspective and lighting as well as a judicious application of mixed media to a classic Chinese medium, Shen Zi Yao’s artwork is a contemporary re-imagining of the Chinese landscape genre. Shen makes creative use of collage to redefine the concept of brushstrokes and space. The edges of painted pieces of rice paper serve as bold lines, spatially delineating patterns of ink.