and Round the Beginning . . . is a series of work playfully
looking at the simplicity of folk fertility symbols and the
seemingly complex world of genetic science. Going back to my
love of traditional Chinese culture, I found interesting ideas
in folk arts that suggest multiplicity, mutation, and mingling
of species. Folk artists often express in their work the belief
that every living species is inseparable and their connection
contributes to the well being of human, hence affecting fertility
and multiplicity of our own kind. In today’s genetic science,
the ideas behind the technology of cloning, genetic alteration
and manipulation of living organism has striking similarities
to those suggested in folk symbolism. Even though, the purposes
behind are much more complex and involve far more issues than
the simple wish of prolonging life.
This series of work is characterized by the technique of layering
of images on translucent xuan paper. The effect mimics the microscopic
view of organism often seen in science book illustrations. The
works are in the dimensions of traditional Chinese scroll painting.
The elongated proportion is a compressed meditative space on
which the imaginative creatures unraveled.