Synthesis of East and West: The "Kai-He Series"
My desire to synthesize East and West is at the core of my aesthetic process. The paintings "Mountain Landscape" and "Chinese-American Landscape" are from my "Kai He (Open-Join) Series," 1988, in which I united my ideas of East and West by joining paper (East) and canvas (West) together. The inspiration for "The Kai-He Series" came from the 18th century Chinese writer, Shen Cong Qian. He likened the dynamics of painting to the creative process in nature which is in eternal flux - a constant state of chaos or opening (Kai) versus union or joining (He). Kai-He is also used in reference to the martial art of Tai Chi Chuan which seeks an equilibrium of energy (chi) through a series of expanding and contracting movements.