Director of Asian Cultural Council, South 33 Group
Shen’s abstract paintings are in the form of texts and calligraphy, and the form is also the content of the paintings. The texts he uses are mainly Buddhist scriptures, giving a faint description of hidden and mottled scars while enjoying a revival of power in refinement, which is why his paintings glow in the dark. Shen is seeking a soul that can settle down, a wall which he can lean against, and a pure land where he can rest. His paintings are rich in firmness and strength; they can be looked at closely or on a microcosmic level. The deconstruction of texts and the will to transcribe Buddhist scriptures over and over again allow him to represent construction and reconstruction while leaving faint traces of deconstruction in his artworks.