「窈渺」董心如個展

文/董心如

窈渺:精微、幽遠
窈:女子文静而美好;山水深远曲折
渺:微小

由於對寰宇、自然的尊敬與讚嘆,我持續以自然與人共生的微妙生態為創作主軸。以抽象的語彙和複合媒材的技巧來探索浩瀚的宇宙、自然萬物的神秘與自我內在的心靈空間。大學時期深刻的水墨經驗,讓我不斷地追尋自我內心的山水,以詩意的美感經驗,構築出一個幽深窈渺具有生命力的有機空間。

近期創作時先將畫布平置於地面打底、作肌理後,再以自動技法潑流色彩與水的流動衝撞,使畫面上呈現似宇宙生成初始的原始樣貌,如從高空觀看到的連綿的山石、遼闊大地、河川匯流大海、火山的岩漿與火焰。畫者觀看冥想,重新佈局,層層疊加,適度的保留與細微添加,自然與非自然、畫與不畫之間,如造物者般創造大地、山川、生物……,延伸出幽微的生命風景。

現代科技的宏觀將人的視野無限延伸。創作視點的改變,我的繪畫探索也進入了不同的時空觀念,原本就對老莊開放的宇宙觀充滿嚮往,可以很渺小亦可浩瀚無垠一直是我創作的中心思想。山水的情懷依舊,但是當下視野的無限延伸,我們已經可以超越地心引力從遙遠的外太空回頭來看自己的世界,自我反思,提出新的觀點。

「窈渺」2017年系列作品,聚焦生命與時空的探討,如同「隱生宙」地質時期,始於45億年前的地球形成時期,剛剛成形的有機生命經歷一次次的破壞、重建、爆炸、凝聚、毀滅與重生之後漸趨穩定。創作如同回到遠古生命初始渾沌不明的狀態,繪畫回歸最原始的純粹精神力量,由高空俯視如造物者的高度來創造,過程如同隱生宙不斷地破壞、重生,演化出一個嶄新的精神宇宙時空,可觀、可遊、可思,幽遠又精微的窈渺心象山水隱然而生。

Hidden Immensity: Artist Statement

Text/Artist Tung Shin Ru

Yao Miao (窈渺): Refined and delicate, hidden and remote.
Yao (窈): A graceful and elegant woman; deep and profound landscape.
Miao (渺): Tiny or infinitesimal.

Due to my reverence and praise for the universe and nature, I have continued creating works based on the delicate and refined symbiosis of nature and humanity, exploring the infinite universe, the mystery of nature, and my inner, spiritual realm through the abstract language and techniques of mixed media. The thorough training of ink painting in college years has kept me persistently pursuing my ideal landscape and constructing a hidden and immense organic, lively space with the aesthetic experience of poetry.

Recently, when I am painting, I would spread out the canvas on the floor to create the foundation and texture before I splash and drip colors and collide them with by applying automatic drawing techniques. This approach allows me to create the image of a newborn universe, which, when observed from above, can be associated with continuous rocky mountains, a vast land, rivers meeting an ocean, volcanic lava and fire. Contemplating on the image, I would then renew the arrangement and add layers to moderately preserve and subtly add details in between the natural and the non-natural as well as the painted and unpainted, creating the earth, mountains, rivers, and living beings like the Creator. The image would emerge as a profound and delicate landscape of life.

Modern technologies have largely extended human vision in a macroscopic way. The change of creative perspective has also enabled me to conceive time and space in a different way. I have always been attracted to the open cosmic view of Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, and therefore, have always upheld the idea of representing both the infinitesimal and immense in my work. As the feelings towards the landscape remains the same, our vision of the present moment can extend infinitely, defying gravity to travel to the outer space and looking back upon the world to reflect on ourselves and generate a new perspective.

The Hidden Immensity series created in 2017 addresses the topic of life, time and space, just like the Cryptozoic eon. 4.5 billion years ago when the Earth was just formed, the newly emerged, organic forms of life experienced constant deconstruction, reconstruction, explosion, condensation, destruction and regeneration, and eventually entered a stable state. Artistic creation is like returning to the primitive, chaotic, unknown state of the ancient life. Painting requires one to remerge with the most original, pure spirituality and to assume the height of the Creator in order to make art. The process is reminiscent of the Cryptozoic eon as things are repetitively destroyed and reborn, evolving into a brand new spiritual universe that embodies a fresh time and space. One can observe this universe, travel in it, and contemplate on it as a remote, refined, hidden and immense mental image of landscape quietly materializes.