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Chris Russell

Chris Russell is a visual artist whose art and writing has been published in the Believer, Literary Hub, Muftah, Poetry Ireland Review, and Higher Arc, among other places. He is the associate art editor and contributor illustrator for Stonecutter Journal and is currently working on a graphic translation of Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos, forthcoming from Siglio Press. 



Photograph by Zara Katz

The Humanity Notebooks [private]

Spring 2018 | Multimedia

During the fall of the Ming Dynasty in seventeenth-century China, as Manchu armies swept in from the north, court artists and scholars confronted a painful choice: align with the invading forces, or remain loyal to the old guard and face death or exile. Some Ming loyalists killed themselves rather than pledge themselves to the nascent Qing Dynasty. Others became Buddhist monks and wanderers who roamed the countryside, painting large narrative works that depict melancholic journeys across infinite-seeming landscapes.

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