Melodies of Oriental Music Instrument—a preface from the artist
“Human Figure” is the total representation of my creativity and expression of value.
The cartoon soundtrack that I recalled and performed as a child; the folk guitar that I played as a teenager; the classical guitar that I learned from Mr. Chuang Wei-Jen are all moments I have shared with people I’ve met in the field of music. I love to wander in the realm of tones and melodies. This is why I created “Ringing Melodies,” which was awarded Special Recognition Award in Shuang Ho Art Exhibition. My teachers and seniors praised my works as being tender, gentle, humble while embodying oriental cultural values that comprise beautiful images and everlasting love.
Melodies are the voice of my heart, which praises Nature and achieves the pursuit of a perfect state of integrity. There are longings and laments as well as ups and downs in life and in mind. These short tones sing my deepest aspirations and concerns. Melodies comfort the weary heart that’s been filled with love and hatred towards the family, the society and the country. By praising the joyful days of life, I attempt to perfect this mortal existence.
Five years ago, I began the creation of “Melodies of Oriental Music Instruments” series. Under the long influence of oriental philosophies, literature and art, I try to achieve personal perfection in spirit and in soul. I long for the simple happiness and peacefulness gained among mountains, where everything in the world co-exist harmoniously so that “heaven and human integrate.” First, the series feature oriental beauties with elegance and grace, playing different musical instruments.
I studied the classical oriental hairstyle, hair ornaments and instruments and how they were played. Some of the backgrounds are watery and bright natural landscapes with cold moon and clear sun. Others are set among traditional oriental constructions, like that of magnificent jade palace, king’s royal garden, zigzagging waterside bridges and crimson towers and fishing boats, plum blossoms holidays, etc. In these images, the meanings of melodies and women’s leisurely fun are combined to fit the oriental poetry’s transcending state and humanity’s care.
I desire the depth and modesty of oriental culture, with its humbleness and gracefulness. Thus, I apply the realistic approach of occidental classical oil painting to express the characteristics and brilliance of oriental culture. I portray the human figures within history and release the dormant emotions that rest in my emotions.
Chinese poetry carries transcendent concepts such as “Reeds and Rushes” in The Book of Odes and Hymns, which depicts “The person whom I think is on the water somewhere,” or the line “ Yet one hopes for longevity despite being a thousand miles apart, still together,” in “Water Song.” These concepts are so infinitely beautiful. With limited words, unlimited imaginations from the heart can be channeled. The tender images in the works emerge from the pages and materialize in front of our eyes. The concepts expressed in poems are implied beauties in spirits that enrich my creative power. Asians treasure the moon exclusively: the moon is bright like the love of mothers. It is also a symbol for family reunion. The moon’s warm glow arouses the most delicate emotions, while its wax and wane gather the momentum and trigger our love for history. Plum flowers, orchids, bamboo, and chrysanthemum often symbolize the ambitions and the feelings towards life, which lead me to desire a perfect personality. Orchids inhabit a quiet dwelling alone, which shows the outstanding and charming character that overlooks honor or humility. These are all inspirations for me.
Art is the accumulation and contemplation of cultural heritage. As if growing new leaves and branches from the tree rings of our own culture, the artwork starts out as culture’s inner emotions and then matures through life’s revelations. Matters join and support one another witch build up as we learn and become the foundation of creativity, eventually rendering one’s own artistic palace.