Wind from West
The Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden is an ink painting manual which is familiar to everyone who studied ink painting. I chose sample drawings of the plum blossoms, orchids, bamboos and chrysanthemums -- four plants which are known as “the four gentlemen”. The ancients used ink, but I used plastic shopping bags. I cut out the forms and then mounted them on a wood board with stick pins, to produce a collaged version of the four gentlemen -- a bad copy of the original. The side of the work is mounted with a series of mini fans, which create an awkward mechanical whirr which causes the plastic leaves of the plants to rustle, but when the fans are stopped by the timer, the leaves return almost to their original position.
Cut plastic bag, common pin, wood frame and broad, acrylic sheet, mini fan, timer and transformer
Each piece 62.5 x 82.5 x 9 cm