I am honored to contribute two pieces to the 6th International Exhibition of Calligraphy, held at Moscow's Sokolniki Park from September 1st-10th, 2017. They will remain in the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy's exhibition until September 1st, 2019.
The theme of this year's exhibit--"For Life"-- demanded more than what my hands can create. How can my strokes reflect and express the complexity of the mysteries of life?
I turned to the One who gave me life and meditated upon His words. It was His breath that formed the universe and it is by His blood that I am saved. These truths in scripture shaped the vision for my pen.
To convey the universal breath and blood, I illustrated an union of eastern and western calligraphy. The ornamental script and flourishes interpreting the verses of the KJV Bible form the Chinese characters 氣 (qi or breath), and 血 (blood).
氣 (qi or breath):
The silhouette of these verses forms the Chinese character 氣, which means qi or breath. In oracle bone script, the earliest known form of Chinese writing which dates back to the late 2nd millennium BCE, the three horizontal lines in the character 氣 represented the original void: heaven and earth. The middle stroke symbolized the air flowing between heaven and earth. I chose for these strokes, the documentation of the creation of qi in Genesis. Beneath the breath of the universe, the shape enclosed under the horizontal strokes means rice, or sustenance, from which we derive our breaths. Tracing this origin to God's gift of the plants of this earth, we are reminded as we read the scripture forming the shape of our breath--to whom we owe our every inhale and exhale.
The vitality of life depends on qi and its manifestation in the blood. In this piece, I examine the absence of qi during the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord. The silhouette of the ornamental script forms the Chinese character 血, which means blood. In oracle bone script, this character illustrated the drop of liquid in the bowl on the altar as an offering to God. By the blood of Christ shed for us in our Savior's suffering hour, we are atoned and redeemed. We give thanks, for we can partake in the blood of the new testament--the qi and blood we cannot live without in life eternal.