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Answers to Dr. Paul Gladston's questions

Author: Liang Shaoji Translator: Sujing XU Sep,2007

I like Friedrich Nietzsche's oeuvre, declaring "God is dead";
I like Albert Einstein's "General Relativity", in which he discovered the order of Chaos that showed mathematical beauty, natural beauty and artistic beauty;
I like Wolfgang Laib's supernatural, detached religious behaviour, living in the seclusion of his own home and collecting pollen in the open country;
I like Anselm Kiefer's lead books, and his meditation on human civilisations;

I like the isolated, cold and empty state of the works by 'Ba Da Shan Ren' and Alberto Giacometti. The emptiness part of 'Ba Da Shan Ren' works is full of poetic intelligence, while the thin and denuding images of Alberto Giacometti's works is full of constriction. The former could be concluded by the word 'song' which means being loose, showing flowing grace; while latter could be concluded by the word 'jin', which means being tight, showing contracting force.

I like the soil figurines of the virgin boys and virgin girls in Mai Ji Shan Grottoes, in which the artistic charm of the juxtaposition of static state and dynamic state is by no means inferior to the mysterious smile of Mona Lisa.

I am more than happy to create my own universe of soul, purchasing thoughts and footmarks of my actions and my life. Art, for me, is a release of the mental perception of human-beings towards the nature, is a paradise that one can tighten and loosen his/her personalities.

It can be seen as a pry to the universe to mingle the creating process of 'Nature Series' and silkworms. It is an experiment of combining the nature and human beings. It is a scientific, historical and social cognition. Zhuang Zi( Chuang Czu) mentioned in his book  Discussion on Making All Things Equal that 'All things being equal'. Thus, it can be understood that interpreting the world of silkworms is to interpret the kingdom of human beings, cherishing the nature is to cherish ourselves.

When the result of artistic creation does not match the desire and philosophical thoughts of the artist, artistic process and concept would be emerged suddenly, and it would replace the result. In 'Nature Series', the cycling nirvana of the silkworms spreads its endless space. The power of the process is more important than the result. The reason that making process of 'Nature Series' can last 20 years is because it has become the life process of me being enlightened. It has become an inseparable part of my life, being a monument of my wills and beliefs towards life. I am a silkworm.

The infinite universe is the first nature, art is the second nature.

It is unnatural to violate the rules of life and forms of motion. For instance, sciences should be considered as the ways of human beings exploring the nature and tools of coexisting with the nature, rather than a tool of grabbing the resources from the nature. It is unnatural to override the nature. It's anti-scientific and anti-nature. The creation of 'Nature Series' is based on the study of silkworms and biology, and is expanded to bio-ecology, to find the new field of bio art.

In ancient China, the movement of the universe was concluded as 'Qi'. Lao Zi said "The Tao produced One; One produced Two; Two produced Three; Three produced All things. All things leave behind them the Obscurity (out of which they have come), and go forward to embrace the Brightness (into which they have emerged), while they are harmonised by the Breath of Vacancy..."  The process of silkworms spinning silk is also a process of 'the Breath of Vacancy', a way of breath and power. The reason I named by first exhibition 'Cloud' was from: Life, Changes, Freedom, Transcend, and Nothingness.

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