"I'm not perfect but I improvise." - Tierra Whack
Calligraphics are meditative arenas that translate stirrings of the soul into the shape of thought.
Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, jazz, natural phenomena, and the question of free will, artist Kaixi Yang flows & composes - making sense of what just happened, when is 'complete', and all throughout, 'what is'.
About Kaixi's Practice
"By practicing calligraphy in my own way, outside of the realm of language, I've been able to better make peace with my emotional states.
I have learned to appreciate that the output can never be perfect. Both the good and bad in you is boiled down to the moment you chose to create.
The whole composition comes out - the harmony & discordance.
It all just is."
I learned to draw from an old Chinese man, Mr Li, in his garage, every Sunday growing up.
While he predominantly taught technical sketching, which I could, stroke by stroke, and erasure by erasure, build up an image, the form I thought was endlessly challenging was traditional Chinese ink brush painting.
I would get so frustrated that he would be so sure, so confident, and so fluent in the exact moment of transferring thought to representation.
My strokes would be filled with doubt.
So over time, I tried.
Initially trying one-line drawings, the act of not lifting the pen forced me to be present and to make decisions without the possibility of regret.
It taught me to see the essence of things, and to represent accurately, though sparsely. It encouraged me to pay attention to the ephemeral, and to the decay of the most beautiful things - ferns uncurling, smoke unfurling, water rippling, and emotions rising within me and others.
"In making art that expresses what comes to me subconsciously, I'm accepting who I am, accepting that I don't have control in the moment, and that's okay.
That's how we are.
This is living; the art is alive."