The Academy Art Museum presents Waterwall, a site-specific installation by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann (b. 1983, Madison, Wisconsin). Mann is an American painter whose work explores mythology, identity and landscape through the unique dialogues she crafts between the slow and permeating movement of ink and paint and the dynamic layers of collaged and printed elements. The resulting texture is as immersive as it is mysterious, inviting the viewer to contemplate the alternating moods and movements throughout the work.

Waterwall is a painting installation created by combining acrylic, sumi ink, silkscreen, and cyanotype on collaged translucent vinyl over glass. The work is a three-dimensional landscape painting: a riff on stained glass, a maximalist immersive gardenscape, a fantastic escapist porthole. Waterwall harkens back to centuries of cave murals found in Dunhuang, China, where paintings do not just describe landscapes, but become environments and magical symbols themselves. As sunlight passes through the walls and ceiling of the cube on the Academy Art Museum’s grounds, Waterwall bathes the viewer in light and detail, creating a verdant, melting, glowing, fragmented, personal, and mythological realm.

Visitors may enjoy Waterwall from outside at any time, but are kindly asked to make appointments to go inside. To book your visit, please follow this link:

The bespoke structure for the lawn was designed by Mitch Hager, HAGER + HUCK Architecture.

Sponsors: Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council and Catherine McCoy



Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann is a recipient of the Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, a Fulbright scholarship, the A.I.R. Gallery and Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Fellowships, the Hamiltonian Fellowship and the Mayor’s Award in Washington, DC. Mann’s work has been exhibited at the Walters Art Museum, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Rawls Museum, the Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam, as well as the US consulate in Dubai, UAEand the US embassy in Yaounde, Cameroon. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from MICA.



October 9, 2020 - June 6, 2021