Last weekend I visited Suzhou, a city famed for its lush gardens and taihushi or scholar rocks. The Chinese literati valued these rocks for their unique, elegant, naturally occurring sculptural, yet mountainous forms that served as microcosms of the natural world. These rocks would sit in the gardens and studies of scholars and were used as devices for the contemplation of our existence and the world at large. Hmmmm how perfectly aligned with the themes of my work.
Ready for the Zhejiang Provincial Exhibition! I just hope that it survives the kiln…
I’m so excited to participate in the biennial International Student Exhibition this Wednesday, June 25th at the China Academy of Art Museum! The poster also features clothes made by the Fashion Department, which used us as models!
Now that it’s almost officially summer in Hangzhou, let’s take a moment to appreciate the perfection of spring that this city so abundantly displays. Plum blossoms and fresh, verdant scenes marked the last three-months of my experience here and I will not soon forget these inspiring moments of natural, idyllic calm.
What do you do when you’re not in the studio? …Sometimes I ball.
Spring Vessel 2 in progress
Earlier this week I took a field trip with my professor to Longquan, a city that preserves the tradition of creating the country’s finest celadon wares using refined ancient techniques. My favorite pieces were the funerary vessels, which families buried with their passed relatives to give them a container for food and alcohol in the next world. I found these to be especially inspirational, as my work considers our mortal reality as transient organic beings. Vessels connect us to the afterlife and protect what we value in the present. The intention behind these ancient pieces abstractly suggests that a vessel was the medium for inter-dimensional material transcendence…So, does this mean I can take my gold with me when I die? I’ll put it in a 陪葬瓶 and find out!
I took a little trip over to Shanghai today on the bullet train to say bye to a good friend! I so wish we had a 高铁 in the states!
Yesterday the Undergraduate Exhibition of the China Academy of Art opened with some of the most wonderful student works I have ever seen.
Now, stop and remember that these masterful creations are made by 22-year old graduating student artists. Okay, now look at the work again and be even more impressed. I certainly am! I only wish that there were more 3D pieces in the show, but I’m sure that the upcoming exhibitions will have some…including my work…hmmmmmmmyess.
About a month ago my friend Wang Jun sat down with me and helped me learn basic brush strokes and technique with the maobi. He’s a great artist and an equally good teacher!