“During my months of travelling in the east I came across two fascinating concepts which I have attempted to explore through my recent work. One of these was during my stay in Kyoto, the old Capital of Japan where Shoguns and emperors from different dynasties had preserved the purity and ethos behind some of their oldest traditions, including that of the tea ceremony, which has become the Japanese mother of all art forms. Its noble aim is to create a profound bond between the participants. This ceremony offers the capacity to show consideration for others regardless of their status. It is an elevated art form because of the philosophy and spirit in which the hosts welcome the guests.
“The second concept came from my encounter with the art of Calligraphy. I attended a lesson with a Japanese master Calligrapher who had written various books on the subject. He told me that the most important part of this practice was ‘Ki’, the alleged spiritual energy within all human beings. Channelling your Ki will allow you to perform normally impossible tasks, and the fluidity and speed of the brushstroke carries within it this energy. In this set of works from the east I have attempted to interpret my most authentic experiences and transfer the ‘Ki’ in calligraphy to my own work.”