|■||Rustic Mountain that Overturns Life|
With daily advances in technology, the contemporary environment is yet so fickle and unreal and life is so full of uncertainty and the unknown. What is important is to locate your own mountain in life, turn a new leaf, overturn your life, find your own strength and value in life, and learn to see joy in hardships, to love, to forgive, and to serve. The artist turns a crushed three-dimensional mountain into a stereoscopic relief. This is a mountain of life, a mountain with markings and traces in life, whether it be mountain ascension or descension. The Three-Legged Dish is a royal ceremonial vessel, originally embedded with the meaning of solid foundation. Upon first look at the vessel being turned upside down, its invincible solid tenacity is amplified. The essence of traditional Eastern culture lies in the forming of firm foundations. What is interpreted on the vessel are stereoscopic relief patterns and flat painting combined to record the tracings of contemporary trends, vogues, and brands. The juxtaposition of an ancient Oriental ceremonial vessel and Western modern technology forms an inner psychological space where the discrepancy of the far and the near, the difference of the ancient and the contemporary, the true and the false can all co-exist. Whether in existence or in void, whether far or near, old or new, is this a physical space that highlights the deep and the shallow, or a virtual space being left adrift? As such, the expansive sensation of peace and quiet, borne out of traditional forms in their various traditional perspectives, comes to an alternative correspondence with virtual drifting of the modern coding. The question arises as to whether an alternative perspective can be available in contemplating whether these contemporary totems or images, after hundreds and thousands of years, will turn into a completely different set of inner dialectics presented by a different set of traditions. Such are the thousand splendid shapes of evolutionary truth, and so will the truthful and the virtual be crossing paths on this inch-sized canvas.
|The background is set against an outer circular shape and an inner square shape to represent the East’s typical behavioral conduct: to be erudite, polite, diplomatic and tactful in dealing with the outside world, while maintaining certain principles and persistence internally. The background pattern formed with the circular and square shapes represents the recurring and relentless turnovers in life. The consecutive and successive images render such effect of each singular circle going from self-revolving to connecting with the other circles in all directions to form the infinity sign, thus yielding the imagery and meaning of “turn-over”. The work, in its beginning stage of creation, is set out to return to the experience of one’s inner nature and to gently tap into the value of life. This embraces a simple, modest, and humble creative attitude, giving praise in the face of defects, staying gentle and romantic in times of hardships, attempting at exploring and plowing into one’s innermost psyche to truly experience the power of going with the flow of life. Such acts of reaching the summit by following the hill, metaphorically speaking, has become the rule of thumb for doing less to achieve more. When one holds no expectation and gives all he/she has, the most innocuous act will lead to most unexpected surprises and accomplishments, as has been the creation process for this piece of work.|
|■||山璞 - 翻轉生命的山|