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It is A BLOG ABOUT MY WORK AND RELATED CULTURAL THINGS
themes of my work can be explored in ART OF THE NATURAL WORLD: RESONANCES OF WILD NATURE IN CHINESE SCULPTURAL ART by Richard Rosenblum MFA Publications, Boston, 2002
I discovered This beautifully produced book by the late, preeminent collector of Gong Shi, after I had embarked on my journey as a carver/sculptor. I was looking for sources and historical parallels and I found Gong Shi. If I had to categorize myself, I'd say that it has a local vernacular- Pacific Northwest neo gong shi.
*See more on this topic under the "Artist's Statement" head above.
>> Another book that I have recently read is CONTEMPLATING ROCKS by the oriental art dealer and gong shi afficiando, Marcus Flacks
(2012 Rasika, London).
It is a sumptuous production and well worth the money if you can find a copy. (Thank you Sonja & Richard!)
Excerpt from contemplating rocks:
“The truth is, scholars’ rocks are at one and the same time natural wonders, man-aided sculptures, meditative portals and spiritual icons.
In the aesthetic history of the world, the concept of the natural objet trouvé is a recurring theme, but never has it been as profound, sophisticated and enduring as with the Chinese fascination with scholars’ rocks.” (p. 49)