Artist Crystal Liufills her dazzling compositions with beautiful flora and meticulously
painted gold dots. The minuscule circles move through each piece like
waves, creating a feeling of motion as they expand and contract in size.
At times, their placement mimics tiny islands or clouds—especially when
set against dark backdrops of blue and black watercolor paint. This
motif is punctuated with Chrysanthemum flowers that are large enough to
“rule” the abstracted scenes.
Liu’s paper works seemingly describe places, but to areas where we
could never physically visit—intangible psychological and emotional
landscapes. The imagery, rather than documenting real locales, are
symbolic accounts of emotional states and personal relationships. Their
visual power comes from within ourselves and the ease in which we can
find special meaning in the beautiful-yet-nebulous settings.