IntroductionUsing pencil as her main medium, Hu Liu often takes several months to complete a single drawing. In her works, multiple layers of pencil markings densely weave together an opaque, almost abyssal “surface” where substance and space, light and darkness enter into a zone of indistinction. As a result, the viewer cannot perceive the entirety of her drawing from a fixed position, but has to get up close, move away, and then walk about the work in order to access what lies at the limit of its visibility. This immersive and memorial mode of seeing transports the viewer to an arcane dimension of experience in which the physiognomy of ten thousand things becomes disclosable in a flash. Furthermore, due to the dispersion of light by the graphite, it is nearly impossible to reproduce Hu’s drawings through mechanical or digital means; one must confront her works in person and see for oneself.