Some people say that my art works are contemporary frightening, and sometimes shocking.
“What the hell is this thing?” as some people would react.
Some would approach me and joyfully say to me: “Thank you, Earthstone. Your works make me very happy!” While some would approach me, looking very displeased, and asks rhetorically “You call this art?”.
They feel happy because it is as if that I have done something that they’ve always wanted to do; They feel angry because they are reluctant to face the unaccustomed would as such. They have fun because they have entered a new and exciting realm. They feel nervous because their habits and values are challenged.
When I was twenty years old, I asked myself: “What is living for?” Then I was in a stage of mental darkness for seven agonising yeas. However, after I made my breakthrough, the rest of my life has been smooth and natural. My creative life can be divided into various periods, each differing significantly from the previous one. I never pay any attention to others’ judgement. I just grow from the one stage to the next, which were all happening internally. This isn’t something that I had deliberately planned. Instead, I’m compelled to do so by the internal power. The collectors, seeing my constant changes and shifts in style, get really frustrated. Nevertheless, if I didn’t do so, I would be like a snake that is unable to shed its skin, or like a cicadas trapped in its cacoon.
When I sense that there is another world with greater energy, there is no way I could possibly stop my steps to explore further ahead.
Back in the 80’s, I used to draw everyday lives and ordinary people with coloured ink. Some said that my drawings weren’t art. I then did printmakings using watercolours, which had some arguing that they could not be classified as prints. Later I started doing 3D works that can be viewed from any angles, assembling a lot of everyday objects. Again, some people detested and adhorred these works.
I’ve developed an overall concept with solid foundations. It is based on the cross-examination between the ancient Taoist philosophy and modern day living, as I’ve personally experienced. This concept is not external, nor deductive, nor formalist, nor traditionalist, nor habitual. Therefore, if one approaches my artworks with the external, or the deductive, or the formalist, or the traditionalist, or the habitual thinkings and structures of feelings, one will feel unsatisfied, repressed, and unpleasant.