From the book Qianziwen, the Thousand Character Classic. It is an old and very popular text book for elementary learning. In this painting I wrote the characters in small seal script.
I calligraph all texts myself, wielding a paintbrush on oriental paper, and then incorporates them into my work. They are in the main philosophical texts and poetry derived from Chinese and Japanese culture. In so doing, I use traditional oriental materials. The aim is not to ensure that the texts are always entirely legible – they are merely fragments.
Behind all that lies concealed the idea of an ode to the solidarity that binds these fragments, a solidarity between cultures, between man and beast, between all that lives in time and space. Not merely an ode, but – far more – a deep inner quest for a life in harmony with all creatures.
Chinese and Japanese papers, ink, paint