I'm pretty sure there have been a lot of artists out there with a curiosity for organic pigments and media, but today I chanced upon Han Bing Lin's unique usage of fish-bone in his Asian inspired relief art. Aside from fish bones, the artist also uses related marine organics like gills, scales and even the antenae of shrimps and crustaceans. Lin's inspiration came from an old story he tells from 1998. He was inspired by the sight of a young girl in a white dress playing the violin. Where did he see her? After his meal while staring at the unique arrangement of fishbones!

Based in Xiamen, China, Lin spent over three years collecting fishbones and materials he would be able to incorporate into his artworks. His uniqueness cost him over thirty thousand yuan before any outside help managed to discover the beauty of his creative mind. Among his subjects are bold and fascinating landscapes, many of which drawn from his hometown's natural surroundings.

It's something you don't see every day; a form of art that makes use of what was previously conceived as unusable. This movement of art carries on from before the twentieth century into new exciting techniques that slowly make their way into Asian museums and galleries.

( Relief Art by Han Bing Lin, Photos courtesy of Chinanews.com )