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Mindfulness and Slow Art make a good pair.
But because they are in a Chinese ink painting, where background is untouched, where brushstrokes take center stage, where blankness (liu bai) is paramount, the blue and red strokes stand out even more in a Chinese ink painting.
The hornbill bird is actually quite a pretty bird especially it’s head and beak, which is in a combination of white, black and yellow. But in this wooden form, there are no colours to distract us.
To me, it was amazing to see oil paintings and Chinese ink paintings made by the same artist in the same exhibition. It shows Wee Beng Chong's immense talent and skills in handling two distinct mediums.
Looking at the painting, I could finally understand what is minimalism – where everything is reduced to lines and condensed to a single colour. Perhaps that is really what all things are. The complexity of life can be reduced to such simplicity or rather, it is a return to such simplicity of life that has unwittingly become complex.