This study illuminates Liu’s process in creating the monumental, convoluted vision Ink Handscroll, on view on your right. Liu began by squaring a small pencil sketch transfer to the full-size scroll, which he affixed to the walls of his studio. He used thread stretched between pins to recreate the grid at a larger scale and then transferred the design using faint ink lines or dots. Only then did Liu begin the slow process of filling in the forms with texture strokes and pale washes.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.