75-year-old Shaanxi folk artist uses scrap paper in paintings
Now, oil paintings, traditional Chinese paintings or watercolors are all pretty familiar forms of art. But have you ever seen an artist use scrap paper in their creations? We head to Xi'an -- in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province -- to meet a remarkable folk artist and find out why he uses waste paper to produce his works.
At first glance, you may think these are oil paintings. But if you inspect further, it's obvious they're something very different. Actually, these paintings were made with scrap paper of different colors and shapes. And the creator is 75-year-old folk artist, Li Yunzheng.
"I started to make scrap paintings by accident. And it was not easy at the beginning. Because you have to dye the paper, then tear it into the various shapes that you want, and finally glue them together. So it took weeks or even months to make just one painting. But once you passed that phase, it became easier," Li said.
Li has been at this for three decades now, and has created hundreds of scrap paintings. Most of them center around the same theme -- local Shaanxi culture.
"Xi'an and the entire Shaanxi Province are rich in history and culture, which I am familiar with, as I was born and raised here. I know the people, the customs and the culture -- this is why I choose the theme," Li said.
Li Yunzheng is now working on a new series called "Ancient Xi'an". He hopes to bring his local culture to a wider audience through the scrap paintings that he creates. （英文文本 via CNTV）
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. scrap paper 便条纸，碎纸片
2. Shaanxi Province 陕西