written in stone
Chinese pictograph is an ancient form of writing which conveys its meaning through pictorial drawings. In ancient China, pictographs were engraved on animal bones, tortoise carapaces and stones. Beyond thousands of years, they have been well preserved up to the present. In Italy, there are sites of prehistoric rock carvings, such as Valcamonica which is the first Italian site registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. I found that there are a lot in common between Chinese pictograph and Italian rock carvings. In this exhibition I featured Chinese pictograph as the basis. Then I chose Chinese ink and canvas as materials to incorporate the concept of 'East meets West' into my artworks.
I lay the canvas on the floor and throw out a glass of Chinese ink. Then immediately the ink began to 'swim' on the canvas like a creature. After a few days, the work had completely dried, and the traces where the ink and the canvas had frolicked together were left behind. It is phenomena of nature. It is unexpected, and beyond the control of human hands. Even if it cannot be controlled, this is no reason to exclude it from my work; rather, I try to positively accept this, and complete my works together with the power of nature. I think what we have to consider now is not 'how we control nature for ourselves', but 'how we control ourselves for nature'.