Traditional Chinese images of love—wind, flowers, snow and the moon, or oaths sworn to the mountains and seas—come largely from the world created by Tang and Song dynasty poetry. And in Zhang Mengke‘s works, poetry is a source and drawing is the medium. Her pink, mist-shrouded illustrations convey a poetic simplicity.
Inspired by music, fragrance, and dreams, along with the verse, dialogue, and palace settings of historical dramas on television, Zhang “makes verse visible” with an understated, suggestive style.
For Zhang, “poetry is profound and demands careful thought and patient appreciation. But because it often uses a particular meter or diction, it relies on reason and insinuation. Drawing, on the other hand, is the most intuitively visual medium—as soon as you look at a picture, you immediately feel something. That’s what I’m able to achieve in my art.”
You can see more of Zhang Mengke’s works below.