Department or Program

Asian Studies


Contemporary Chinese artists utilize landscape art traditions from shanshuihua 山水画 (mountain-water painting) to convey their modern conceptions of China’s environmental relationships. By drawing on the philosophical concepts surrounding this landscape tradition, artists illustrate the environmental consequences of urbanization and industrialization. This study aims to outline these unique interpretations of environmental change through works by Xu Bing (b. 1965), Yao Lu (b. 19?), and Yang Yongliang (b. 1980). Specifically, it analyzes the contemporary technological motifs within the art pieces, such as the integration of industrial machinery, skyscrapers, and waste. The results suggest that these contemporary shanshui aesthetics have the ability to circumvent potential political and social barriers within China that often surface when discussing the negative impacts of urbanization.

Level of Access

Restricted: Embargoed [Open Access After Expiration]

First Advisor

Lu, Zhenzhen

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Number of Pages



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