Ying Wu

    It cannot be grasped, nor let go of, but if you do neither, It goes its own way. If you remain silent, it will speak. Speak and it is silent. 

                                               ---Ch'an Master Hsuan Chuen of Yung Chia
    The Song of Enlightenment


    While certainly influenced by my traditional Chinese culture, I am fascinated by the simplicity and peace of classic symmetrical vessel forms. Also I am attracted to the energy and dynamic nature of asymmetrical modern sculpture as well as the individualism and personal expression of American art.

     I look at and experience nature, paying close attention to flowers, grass, water and the changing seasons. I am drawn to other artists such as Claude Monet, Paul Jenkins and Kyohei Fujita. While aware of my influences, I approach my work with humility and spontaneity. While certainly striving for some level of technical control with glass, I have a certain respect for accidental happenings – things out of my control. I explore this by spontaneously placing randomly broken colored glass shards in the center bands of my pieces.

     By making the change from the symmetrical to asymmetrical vessels, I feel the pieces become more sculptural and more ripe for expression. The working process is freer, the forms are less manipulated and pieces are more expressive. I encourage my forms to be more organic, guided by gravity and the fluidity of the molten glass itself. The black on the top and bottom of the sculptures is meant to highlight the central color band by furnishing a strong frame. I choose to feature the colored shard paintings in the central band, perhaps, as a reference to handle zones in classical Greek pottery. While many people try to avoid bubbles in glass, I welcome and, sometimes, even encourage them. These bubbles created from overlapping of the colored glass shards add life to my work. The glass is breathing.

      My senior exhibition represents a blend of my Oriental culture with the Western approach to art. While seeming to be opposite to each other, elements of these two civilizations, which are a part of me, co-exist in my work.