Artworks by Mae-Wan Ho
Exhibition In Aid of the Homeless
See the exhibition here
To be water is to be freely flowing and
spontaneous; to let go, to be out of control and uncontrollable. That has been
my ideal of life for as long as I can remember.
When I discovered
and finally truly understood that water is central to life, my exhilaration and
joy was unbounded. Like a fish on a long tortuous journey from a desiccated
pond suddenly coming upon a vast flowing river, I plunged into the depths, then
leapt and soared into the air, my heart bursting with gladness so bountiful it
would fill the entire universe.
I began to paint
again, after a lapse of several years, as I had never painted before, to
express the feeling of being in water and being water.
But free flow was
still beyond my reach. Was I failing to let go?
from a serious illness in the past 6 months, I struggled once more to find the
flow that would really heal me. The flow belongs to that state of effortless total
(quantum) coherence of heart and mind, body and spirit, ultimately with the
came early in November, and it got better. I learned to respect the different
colours, their compatibilities, their flow characteristics, and how to provide sufficient
water for the flow to happen. I had failed to give the same free rein to my
partners in creation as I accorded to myself, simply by not knowing them enough,
thereby inadvertently constraining them. There’s a deeper lesson here for life
This is a selection
of works all done in November 2015, each completed in ‘one breadth, one
gesture’ while the paper is still wet and without retouching afterwards.
sales from this and other exhibitions (50 to 100 % minus the cost of
post and packaging) will be donated to the homeless this winter season.