對我而言，一幅畫不單是用眼睛來看，更重要的是用心去體悟。觀者必須去思索可見的物象背後不可見的意涵。我的作品不是牆上的花，也不是畫出來說明什麼，只是用它來喚起 ── 喚起無窮無盡的經驗、激盪思想。而後，由您去完成一件完全屬於您自己的「作品」。
To me, a painting is to be seen not only with the eyes but with the heart as well; one must think about the unobservable things behind the observable subjects.
I do not paint to decorate walls, nor do I paint to say anything. Art is a medium to provoke echo of unlimited experiences and to inspire thought which allows one to complete “works” entirely his own.
Each time when I was filled with emotions, it overwhelmed me like the imposing waves lashing against the shore, and I eagerly put it down on the canvas to ease my soul.
At one point, I wanted to paint scenery, but, without the experience of having seen the magnificent panorama of my homeland, I can but stare upon—–
a discarded grindstone,
a forgotten tomb,
a ruined house, and
restless falling leaves…….
Unconsciously, tears welled up in my eyes
as one scene ends, the next begins—–
lives devastated by warfare, and
the dead were entombed, then
survivors drifted away from home
Loaded with such abyss-deep sorrow,
I worked keenly to portray:
the shadows of grievous injustice and harsh toils which had been forged in the darkest nights of the Chinese history
No one would bother trying to demonstrate the stones of the Great Wall.
One must see with his heart the stain of bloods, sweats, and tears that marked on it.
In my works, certain shapes and colors were created as if by time and climate. I bore witness for time with solemn reverence. Short before completion, I was possessed by passions and applied big amounts of pigment by pasting, laying, spraying, and wiping on it as though the indelible tracks were dusted with ancient remnants and incised by time.
Since time immemorial, all existences were dominated by time. Man is nothing but a transit passenger of the universe. Regardless of social rank they finally return to sheer extinction.
Once a wise man comes to comprehend the essence of time, he must willingly succumb to his Master.
A good artist must:
- Possess peace of mind
- Harbor no utilitarian intention
- Keep away from fame and riches
- Slough off stubborn persistence when creating
Solitude is the great mentor
for she elevates every soul that comes closer
Solitude is “sonorous” sound of silence
for she awakes every dormant spirit
Solitude is water
for it cleanses every grimy heart
Solitude is fire
for it unchains every Gordian knot
Solitude is the light
for it enlightens every gloomy corner of the inmost
Solitude is a poem
for it sows and moistens every barren soil
Solitude is the best harmonizer
for it binds up kindnesses together
Solitude is an intimate friend
who stays by you when all others are gone.
(How musical I am)
I do not structure my work to create musical effects. However, the love of music doesn’t follow that I intend to transfer the tune into space. So it is fair to say that the musical sense I cultivate sponta neously becomes part of my potencies. And I see the “space” of music is really enlightening in terms of visual arts.
Been influenced by optics science the Impressionists aimed to represent light rather than the object itself. This first step marked the beginning of the path to abstraction. When Cubism and Fauvism emerged, artists broadened their range of subject more than natural forms and colors. However, with the advent of Symbolism to deepen the spiritual scope, abstract painting truly arrived.
Piet Mondrian defined Abstract painting into two categories namely “Abstraction” and ’’Creation.’’ The early abstract painting was dominated by “abstraction of figure” alone. Artists leading by Kandinsky abstracted the desired natural forms. Mondrian also started his evolution from “Abstraction”. His various studies of trees still contain a measure of representation. As the years progressed and based on “Creation”, the short curves changed into a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors. Even Kasimir Malevish, the Suprematist, developed from Cubism like Mondrian. But the path from “Abstraction" to Treation" is not necessary for all followers. For once ’’Creation” was set in place by the forerunners, one can go directly to this independent realm as the Abstract Expressionists and Post-Painterly Abstraction artists did.
(On painting and nature)
Let’s not talk about spiritual value for spiritual value is too difficult and personal. But the functional value of Abstraction is obvious. Realism simulates three dimensional objects in two dimensions. Abstract painters insist that dot, line, plane and color can be independent elements from nature, just as music does not have to resemble sounds that occur in nature even the program music. Diverging from natural objects is no way degrades the artistic value. The successes of Bauhaus school have already recognized by the world. Many distinguished abstract artists made contribution to her and W. degrades the artistic value. The successes of Bauhaus school have already recognized by the world. Many distinguished abstract artists made contribution to her and W. = Kandinsky was among them. At this stage, art is no longer a business to copy the nature or artificial objects. On the contrary, art becomes inspirational source of craft.
(On my symmetrical form)
In my earlier exploratory years, around 1976,1 was often puzzling about why I could not develop my personal style. I observed that my work seemingly had derived from some prior artists. So, I was wondering if art comes from one’s spiritual inner why many art works show an obvious sameness. I struggled without reluctance until 1983 when I perceived the true essence of “Automatism.’’ Then I realized that my problem came from persistent habits of my “Eye-Heart-Hand” chain reaction of “inertia” Automatism is a crucial way to free myself from such impediment. So, for a long period, I worked in darkness to avoid the said persistence. In 1987 when circumstances not allowed me to do the same I began to use a symmetrical shaping method to ensure my spiritual inner was flowing out unboundedly. Long time after this I tried several times to break away from symmetry. But whenever I did, I felt insecure with the lack of balance. A friend suggested that this dependence on symmetry reflected my breathing exercises because air flow is always symmetrically streamed. However, I cannot be sure and it left unproven till now.
I believe that there must be something called creative inspiration. But to me inspiration can be attracted through activity only. Therefore I seek inspiration through perspiration. As to talent, my definition may be a little different from many others. I trust talent is not a matter of sensitivity to color or sound; these skills can be acquired by study. So we might say, talent is what we cannot learn. Talent should be something we have from birth, something like resolute persistence, innate peacefulness, or spontaneous love.