Manuscripts of Nature
Chinese artist Cui Fei composes symbolic manuscripts from materials found in nature, such as tendrils, leaves and thorns.
Notes by Cui Fei:
As a Chinese artist active in the United States, witnessing radical social changes in China and experiencing cultural differences in the United States, I find that my thinking has been permanently altered. In response to a continually changing outside world, I seek the underlying essence of our lives, something that is real and permanent, which cannot be altered by social, political, cultural, or geographic conditions. I see nature as consistent and ordered, thus providing a therapeutic agent for healing and harmony in an otherwise chaotic world. I utilize materials found in nature, such as tendrils, leaves and thorns composing a manuscript symbolizing the voiceless messages in nature that are waiting to be discovered and to be heard.
Both the concept of nature in my Chinese heritage, which emphasizes the interconnectedness of all beings, and the Western theory of Transculture, which stresses living beyond the limitations of any particular culture, offer me a unique vision to view the relationships between cultural differences; between culture and nature; and between nature and human beings.
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