Ink, acrylic on Xuan paper cut on painted canvas
24″ x 24″
In the Transformation series, I explored the concept of identity transformation over my lifetime experiences. I wrote my favorite poem reflecting my state of mind at the time on the painted fine Chinese Xuan paper or colorful soft lines in various styles of Chinese calligraphy. Then I carefully perform the ritual of paper cutting. While cutting the calligraphy paper or painted linen into the holes with varied shapes/patterns, I sensed the loss of its integrity, meanwhile, I felt an urge of the excitement seeing its transformation — like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon takes off for a fresh fly. Attaching the cut-paper/linen on canvas, I tug my fingers between the spaces, feeling the traces of its originality and appreciating more of the newly gained identity.