Clockwise from upper L: Tsuei Wei and John Cole,1976-2000, Oakland, CA. Wang Yen Nien and Julia Fairchild, 1992-2005, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Photo: aymta.org. Min Ouyang, (2 photos) 1980s and 1990s, San Francisco, CA. Xing Yanling, 1992, Tokyo, Japan, and workshop in Oakland, CA. Fu Wei Zhong, 1990s - 2000s, workshops, Oakland, Maui and Big Island, HI, Photo: sugawarabudo.com. Peter Tam Hoy (2 photos) 2012-2018, Hilo, HI. Photos:
I’ve been practicing taiji since the late ‘70s. With taiji I found a way to link my aesthetic intentions and my physical expressions, like body and soul.
What is nature? What is natural?
My pervasive question as a maker has been how to call up a sense of vital energy in a material object. Unlike Chinese brush painting, with its very direct evidence of qi (energy, spirit, breath, life force), most of my art practices require keeping a sustained vision through a succession of involved, indirect processes. Being in a state of relaxed alertness can keep a creative flow moving that is organized yet open to possibilities.