Title

Breathing: the silent resonance of spirits

Creator

Wu, Shuang

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Year

2011

Work Type

sculpture

Material/Technique

mixed media (main: yarn, plaster)

Dimensions

8 x 12 x 10 ft.

Filename

http://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/images/_img__24_34307.jpg

Artist Statement

It is said in the eastern culture that all things contain qi (chi), the cosmic energy that flows within nature, the products of nature, and everything else, including the human body. I also believe in the spirits that live in everything around us and within us. Only when one utilizes the power of qi and grasps the spirit, can one represent the essential quality of the subject. This essence is where beauty lies. What I seek in my artwork is the subtle, yet sublime beauty in nature. My work expresses my view of the world, a digested and stripped down form of nature in my eyes. I challenge myself to capture the spirit and beauty of nature, being filtered through my body, both symbolically and literally. All the hand-crochet yarns come out from my hand, acting as a path for qi from the spiritual realm into the physical world. Elementally delicate and intricate, but grand and fearful as a whole is what I experience in nature. My practice is also an exploration of colors, forms, patterns, light, and space that seeks a dreamlike atmosphere. The most important element of the installation is the chains of yarn, which serves as a reflection of time and a birthplace for thoughts and desires. Simultaneously, it can signify my viewpoint of life of where everything around us and everything we do is connected to each other. The balance between the outer nature and the inner self is life, controlled by the energy of the universe qi, which itself is a living spirit that is... Breathing.

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Citation

Wu, Shuang, “Breathing: the silent resonance of spirits,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed April 19, 2014, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/1336.