Video Work, 4 mins 20 secs
When I wash my brush, I always enjoy looking at the ink as it dissolves in clean water. It’s like a plume of smoke dancing, flying, and transforming. It's utterly captivating. I decided to capture this. I shot a water fountain and edited each frame to show a steady pulse of water that seems to push out against gravity. One of the most important aspects of Chinese aesthetics is suggestion. The water’s arcs and undulations recall the scholar’s rock; similar forms emerging from different yet fundamentally connected materials. “Ink-Water-Stone” (2014) was exhibited together with “Cloud Cell”. Water is similarly viewed by Chinese as a source of continuous energy, one that is always in the process of making and shaping, always regenerating and never ending.