Guo Mohan, a young girl from Hebei Province, China, under the influence of her father Guo Haibo, she doesn’t like piano or painting as other girls, but enjoys knock with a hammer on a cold iron plate or copper plate to create vivid embossed images such as nature, human beings and animals. Recently, the iron plate copper plate embossed art inherited by Miss Guo is listed as the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Iron plate copper plate embossment is a new skill in the history of world art and craft. It is also a new artistic expression created through honing and experiments by Guo Haibo and his brother who love art and engaged in metal materials researches. The art works we usually admire are either on paper or canvas, or sculptures by plaster, cement or marble. The Guo brothers who worked with iron plates and copper plates every day were deeply attracted by the cold texture of metals, they began to think how to create vivid art works on iron plates and copper plates. Firstly, they draw the sketch by hand, then carefully knock with hammers, and finally beautified with batik techniques such as polishing and burnt coloring, an iron plate copper plate embossment is born. The amazing artistic effect touched the audience and loved by people from all over the world.
Guo Mohan, isn’t inferior to men, inherits her father’s career. She loves the great beauty created by her father and integrates her life to it. The process of achieving goal is never easy, especially for a girl with limited strength to deal with metals. Most of her life is spent in the studio, Guo Mohan embraces loneliness. She hangs on to it although her arm was swollen. With her growth, excellent works such as “In Smooth Water”, “The Hope of the Mountainous People” and “The Running Era” were born under her hammer, which created an incomparable aesthetic feeling for the audience. Leave the world a new and precious art wealth.
In the history of China, there was a girl named “Mulan” who, was very boyish since childhood, loved Kong Fu over embroidery. When the war came, Mulan dressed up as a man, and joined the army to replace her sick father. Later, she grew to a commander and led her soldiers to victory. It became the favourite tale.
At present, Guo Mohan is a teacher of Art Department at Hebei Industrial and Technical College. Like the “Mulan” in history, Mohan also leads troops of teachers and students, but her troops aren’t for war, but to create beauty and civilization. They overcome the hardships of the profession, release impetuous of life, set feet on solid ground, go forward with grateful, and continue to carry down this trivial yet great art.
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