CHEN PING – Artist's Statement
 
 

 

Unseen Forest

 
Ancestor Di Jun was a god with the head of a bird, the body of a monkey and only one leg. There was a country in which the people all had one head and three bodies. These were Di Jun’s children; He had another ten sons who came out one at a time after washing in the south-east sea and then took turns to work as the sun in the sky; He also had twelve daughters who were the moons, they always bathed in the remote west and then took turns to come out at night. From time to time, Di Jun came down to meet the five coloured birds in the east valley. They danced joyfully. In the ancient Chinese myth, the  creator of the world, Pan Gu, had the head of a dog and the body of a human. Nu Wa, the goddess who created human beings, had the face of a woman and the body of a snake. The first king, Huang Di, was a bird, with four wings and six legs. There was also a god of the ocean and the wind, and he was sometimes a fish with a human face and sometimes a bird.

These great majestic creatures, once the carriers of the human spirit, are now nowhere to be seen. Their forests have been lost forever. Since the dream of communism was broken, we have turned ourselves into hungry hunters in the concrete reality, and our souls have been transmuted.

I traverse among spirit, illusion and reality; mingle man with landscape and animals. This is where I could once again let my spirit fly. Looking down, I am increasingly disengaging from politics and society.

“The phoenix has never come in the sky, the picture has never appeared from the river, and yet my life is near the end!”(Confucius)

Chen Ping, 2012