A Spider Lily Petal 2 (2015-2018)
Pencil on paper 79 x 109 cm
Spider Lily Red – Flare 1 (2017) – Acid dye on silk.
Flare, as in, enliven.
You would not find Spider Lilies at florists. They flower in fields in early fall as every other flowering plant withers, giving their distinctive red the perfect stage with no competing colors.
Since fall 2012 I have observed the lilies closely, especially through capturing their petals in macro photographs, as the ideas for this series crystallized.
The petals, about an inch long at most, while remaining nearly motionless – there are some, as they progressively curl – they manage to emanate the inspirative fluidity just as dynamic as that of the Ocean.
This is the first of the two-piece series with one half of a petal painted, on a slip, a type of garment designed to be worn closest to the skin not always intended to be seen by others, to enfold but also to express inwardly, to speak into oneself, in this case the language of the red lilies of the field, and of the universal, inspirative Fluidity.
Making of the series has been documented on this website.
Above: Nightfall (2017, in association with the Ocean)
A Spider Lily Petal 1 (2015-2016)
Drawn for the first piece of a dyed-silk dress series “Spider Lily Red”. This is to be used as the referential drawing while painting on silk. The future use for screen printing in mind, lines were given extra clean finish.
Pencil on paper, 79 x 109 cm.
All derivatives from Dyed Threads series.
Spider Lily – early sketch, monochrome (2015)
Wing Diptych 1 (2015) The bird was photographed in September 1999, and became the inspiration for the Wing Dress series.
Spider Lily – study, monochrome (2015)
Wing Diptych 2 (2015)
Wing Diptych 3 (2015) The drawing was of an imaginary wing, and preceded the Wing Dress series.
Dragon Dress Diptych (2015)
Dragon Dress Prototype (2015) The dress in the photo was created around 1999-2000 with fabric marker as the first experiment for the Dyed Threads series.
Various images of the Ocean are layered over feather drawings originally created for my “Wing Dress” series.
The Ocean has been my muse, especially for the dress series, and during a long creative process my daily visit to the water fed me visions and the energy that deepened and lightened me simultaneously.
These images are my attempt at somehow capturing the mystery I’ve witnessed while by, on or in the Sea.
Underwater Sky 2 (2015)
Underwater Sky (2010)
Clouds in both “Underwater Sky” were photographed looking up through the water during mid summer.
Last Edited: November 27, 2020
Unlike a more popular approach to light calligraphy that is to move a flashlight while in long exposure, I swing my camera-arm around instead in a way much similar to ink calligraphers with enormous brushes.
I do this solely on my impulse, often times with my eyes closed, as there is no way for me to pre-plan or monitor what is being drawn.
Many of the resulting images (including the pieces presented here) have composition that require no cropping. Some of them even turn out to have resemblances to my past paintings.
Opportunities for light calligraphy arrive spontaneously.
The experience always had enlivening effect on myself and some of those who happened to witness seemed to have joined me in the enthusiasm with curious sort of excitement.
Christmas Lights at Union Square, SF.(2011)
Candle Night (2010)
Light House (2011)
Design District, San Francisco (2011)
Last Edited: December 06, 2021.