Francesco Clemente: Encampment
By Michael Young
In the winter of 2009 I was on a bus negotiating what was then little more than a snow covered mud road from Huanglong to the World Heritage Site of Jiuzhaigou in the north of China’s Sichuan Province. There were various peaks and valleys and the driver careened through the bends with abandon, protected by a plethora of prayer flags draped across the windscreen. At the side of the road were road gangs camped in numerous tents that, above the snow line, steamed in the bitter cold. As darkness fell the tents took on a curiously and yet familiar transparency as their inhabitants cast mystical moving shadows on the glowing canvas.