蕭勤HSIAO CHIN．版畫展Print exhibition
Print exhibition : HSIAO CHIN
2020. 4/15 - 6/14
開幕茶會 Opening 4 / 18 SAT. PM3:00
The Omnipresent Energy of the Universe
All the way through, I have been using contemplative mild and integrity, quietly watching the future and development of everything. The invisible yet omnipresent energy completely integrated in the universe which is called "Chi". The "Chi" in my paintings has a lively and varied appearance. "Chi" represents the omnipresent energy of the universe. The creative power of the nature is the vitality and source of the "Chi". With my understanding, interpretation and mastery of "duality", I interpreted contrastive concept creations from virtual and real, dynamic and static, Yin and Yang, strong and weak, limited and unlimited.
Based on the in-depth observation of nature with sensible eyes, back to the origin of the universe, causing the flow of "Chi", and carrying out a metaphysical phenomenological thinking on the existence of everything and even approaches the essence of things by the way of observing the phenomena of the external world, observing the external world from the inner dimension, this is originally a concept of mutual and internal linkage. I look at the natural movements and changes in microscopic phenomena from a macro perspective, feeling the strong fluctuations of "Chi" in the boundless horizon of time and space; seeing the natural power of chaos. I am more aware of the infinite tension of the vast universe and nebular space which reflect the experience of life. Natural phenomena and everything in the universe are the inspiration sources at any time of my creation.
In 1990, the impermanence of life caused me to suddenly lose my daughter Samantha. After a period of organizing my thoughts into calmness, I realized that when life is over at this cycle, it will enter the "infinite" territory, the cycle of life energy will never disappear. Therefore, I described my emotions through the paintings, through the continuous tempering of painting and self-consciousness pursuing a broad realm that transcends the limits of life and death and the unity of nature and human. "Passage Through the Great Threshold" is the theme of painting in this period. It is a discussion of the real understanding and eternity of life. It shows the mindset change that I was seeking to transcend and sublimate through the spiritual and meditation. With the "Samsara" connotation and religious salvation in the spirit of the oriental life philosophy, in the bone-deep wound but never despair of life thinking, I broke the boundaries of life and death, and understanding all the misfortunes and deaths that will eventually be born again after the destruction. Once I have been through such heart-wrenching experience and understand the nature of it, it finally dawns on me that life is eternal and does not end with death. Rather, the seed of eternal life continues to grow on the brighter end of the “Great Threshold”.
The specific touch of color in the paintings of "Samantha nel giardino eterno" represents Samantha is always the most special and outstanding to me, no matter whenever or wherever she is. So; I drew so many beautiful gardens for her in order she could strolling in the eternal garden. The artist's mind is far more profound than the normal person. I have very deep memories under such bright colors, perhaps the heartfelt astonishing beauty came from my creation with deep feelings.
In 1996, I went to teach at Tainan National University of The Arts from Italy then retired in 2005. After 14 years I have been awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree and hold a solo exhibition at College of Visual Arts - where I had been teaching for many years. The implication it represents as I mentioned in my painting: "No matter how far or how deep the distance is, there are meaningful connections between each other as long as there is communication or consensus."
I will be 85 years old in 2020. In a series of exhibitions, I personally introduced the "New Energy" as the main exhibition topic. At the same time, I launched the "New Punto Art Movement" at the Art Center of my Foundation. By initiating the original intention of this art movement, combining various types of artists, awakening the conscience of human nature, to let the increasing eroding greed, rude and bad heart that is increasingly eroding the people will be eliminated by the energy of art, allowing the world to restore our yearning appearance of peace and happiness.
Hsiao Chin, November, 2019 in Kaohsiung
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