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Artist paints a career from grottoes

Updated: 2022-07-06 08:26 ( CHINA DAILY )
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After digging soil on the lakeside, Qin crushes it into pieces, sifts it to obtain a fine earth and makes a drawing board with it, then paints on it to re-create murals from the ancient past, such as those at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu province. CHINA DAILY

"Students of ancient mural reproduction and protection need to stay composed," Li says.

More young people like Qin are needed to popularize traditional Chinese culture, according to Wang Dahai, head of the School of Urban Arts and Creativity at the Shandong College of Arts.

Qin felt very lucky that she can "now make a living" by doing something she likes, adding that the postgraduate study has deepened her understanding of beauty.

"Chinese people especially love the historical charm that lies behind various items," Qin says, adding that she is glad that her efforts have helped popularize the murals.

"I hope I can tap into more stories about Dunhuang and present them in my future works."

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