I’d like to
introduce a woodcarving which I bought at the booth of
Professor Gu yue-zi (a great master of
landscape root sculpture) in 2008 Hong Kong Flower Show at Victoria
This sculpture of Guan Gong is 8.5cm wide by 35
cm tall with 30 annual rings. Just a small section of the trunk
already revealed 30 annual rings. It’s believed that the tree
itself should be several hundred years old. Annual rings were clear
and it’s obvious the timber from the South where there’re four
distinct seasons. Wood was hard which was suitable for more finely
and delicately carving.
The handiwork was rather crude without further
touch-up. It was completed in a short time but demonstrated the
30-year dexterity of a sculptor. The image of Guan Gong originated
from his heart and then delivered from the knife to the wood.
Carved at one go with no hesitation or repetition. The work was
loaded with aura.
On the day of purchase, there were quite a number
of choices. They looked the same at a glance. However, when you
studied carefully, they were slightly different. Held one, found
that it’s not perfect and put it down; took another one and put it
down again….. After agonizing for a while and still could not make
up my mind. I then went round the show. After that, I put down my
persistence and purchased along with my instinct. I played with my
purchase meticulously and was really pleased. The sculpture was
carved by people and the heart drove the knife. No single moment
was the same and every sculpture was unique.
I had been in pursuit of perfection but was empty-handed. When I
gave up the persistence, I had it all.
expression of my sculpture was rich. There were just a few cut; one
more would be too many and one less would be too little. In between
the brows and eyes, there were love and hate; anger and resentment;
happiness and sadness; dignity and compassion. Wood is heartless,
but human are hearted. What is in your mind is what the sculpture
by Mary Chung