In my work, the concepts of ‘flying’ and the ideas of Buddhism as a spirit, wisdom and philosophy are all crucial. I am inspired by the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, a creation of the Tang Dynasty, a period which is often considered the heyday of ancient Chinese civilization. Even after the natural weathering and corrosion which you would expect due to the lapse of time, the art of ‘Dunhuang’ is still magnificent and brilliant.
I try to bring the history and culture of this thousand-year-old wonder into my work, yet express it as a kind of re-understanding, a new take, based on a modern perspective. Through the idea of ‘flying’ which was traditionally a way of referring to and discussing the idea that individuals would one day be able to fly up high to find a better life space, I am able to engage with my materials and the concepts embedded in my work in a contemporary way which nonetheless pays homage to the past.