Katherine Tzu Lan Mann

Katherine Tzu Lan Mann


(Washington, DC. b. USA) 


My work's abstractions arise from the subjects I portray: ecological and geological cycles, processes of chemical corrosion and natural efflorescence. With roots in traditions of Chinese landscape painting, my monumentally sized paintings and installations evolve a fantastic, abstract vision of the natural world. My latest work confronts the challenge: the resuscitation of landscape painting in a world where "landscape" is represented and defined through an ever-widening field of digital, graphic, and visual forms. How can a painting capture flux, abundance, waste, fertility, and the collision and collusion of diverse forms? How can it respond to the pressure we place on our era's fragile ecosystem? My paintings explore both questions by sustaining tension between what is artificial and what is natural, between what is chemical and what is biological, between organic and inorganic. The paper on which I paint is not only a recognition of a tradition of Chinese painting; it is also a medium of vulnerability and expansiveness, susceptible to crease and tear as well as to collage and collation. My own role in the creation of the paintings strikes a balance between the purposive and the protective. I trust to process, chance, and change, but I encourage, direct, and facilitate all of these. In my mostrecent work, I hope to live in the tradition of landscape painting, experiencing it for what it has always been: an occasion for radical experimentation and confrontation with the world, in the broadest sense of the term that sustains us. - KATHERINE TZU-LAN MANN 


Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann

(Washington, DC b. USA)


2009       Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting 

2005       Brown University, Providence RI. BA with Honors and Magna Cum Laude: Visual Art.                        

2005       BA with Magna Cum Laude:  Education Studies 


Selected Collections

MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

POD Hotel, Washington, DC

Hamline University, St Paul, MN

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington, DC

US State Department, United States Consulate, Dubai, United Arab 


She has been represented by Morton Fine Art since 2017.



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