朝代:宋 作者:蘇軾





Dauntlessly – Shade of a flower

Artist statement 

The first line is drawn in a spontaneous downward movement from the top on the left edge of the paper. It is done in one continuous motion to bring uninterruptedly a constant flow of energy from the heart onto the paper. This single pure act sets the rhythm for all following lines. Each of their variations is unique but dependent on their antecedents. A vital dimension is formed from integration of condensed time, ethereal space, and independent minds. These lines, marked down intuitively, define humanity’s core values and constitute hopes for such principles.

Unfilled space between lines evokes different or even oppositional attributes of lines, but they are able to maintain a harmonious relationship through the contrast between dark and white spaces.  Poetic qualities linger along these ceaseless and undulating lines. These rippling facades do not generate volume, textures, or shades in the service of any figurative depiction, but they represent the nature of persevering, of incorruptible and intrepid virtues, though combined with tactful flexibility. A flower blossom can be a manifestation of freedom. Its dauntless act of existence can be seen as a metaphor for our uncompromised commitment to safeguard humanity’s core values. Shade will only arise when virtues are not enshrined under the light of those same virtues. It thus needs artistic expression to let those virtues be illuminated once again.

The title is inspired by a poem from Su Shi 蘇軾. He saw shadows of flowers on the sumptuous pavilion and asked his servant boy to use a broom to sweep them away, however without success. The shadows go away at sunset but reappear by moonlight. It tells of his frustration about the cycle of corrupted government.

In this drawing, for people who do not value the freedom of mind, the image will be like a haunting shade of a flower, while it appears sharp and clear to people who can see.