1000 Cups Of Tea And A Teacher Named Tang
|Raw Lacquered Door|
So what is lacquer? It is Urishol from the lacquer tree indigenous to Asia. A lacquer painting is a very long process of painting drying
painting, different inlays, and polishing. Polishing is the most important aspect of the art because polishing makes the painting. A painting can take up to a year to finish. I have been working on a series of sculptural Salmon for almost 3 years. They should be completed by the end of 2013.
Back to the story; I lived in the mountains in Southern China cut off from the outside world. Everyday Tang would try another one of his mind games on me. My life in that mountain was so
unbelievable that he often told his students, "Don't believe anything that my American student says." Mmmm, do you think he is afraid of being exposed? After all there were his female students. He made me sleep in the basement like Cinderella while they romped above me and in the morning, pretending everything was prim and proper. This prim and proper bull, this stoic acting. So amusing when I look back.
In reality everyone knew what was going on. Look, I am not saying everything was his fault but, I basically had no Chinese language skills, so there were many misunderstanding and this went on for years. What was I thinking, coming all the way to China year after year, no funding but my own money trying to desperately to learn! Was I wrong in my quest? Was I insane? I made a commitment to myself that I would master this. I had to make art in my own way with no influences but my own usage of the material.
Nov 15, 2012