The Immortality of Fate
Li Chen finally unveiled Immortality, the product of many years of constant creation, experimentation and fermentation. Li Chen has said: “The mind is amazing, an object in its own right that exists separately from the body.” As a result, the artist has sought to again discuss the meaning of “timelessness.” Should life be decided by things that are physical and material or the vitality of spirit? Can existence be continued even after life ends, through such non physical forms as memory, legend, reincarnation and faith? This series makes use of such media as wood frames, rope and pottery to communicate a vocabulary of elemental physicality. In addition, Li Chen intentionally made use of the long-term effects of oxidation to produce alterations in the quality of the sculpture. The interaction between the works and nature, as if experiencing the passage of time, transforms into a form of natural art reflecting a mutual responsiveness between man and the natural world. Li Chen defines this series as the evolution of “body”. People are accustomed to a wholeness of the outer appearance, and easily forget the beauty of erosion. These bodies record the process of decay, conveying to the viewer the spirit of “immortality”.
Transience is the scattering dust mites of memory. Illusion is the brightness after becoming settled. (Li Chen)
Earth Piercing Fire
Indestructable Spirit I and Indestructable Spirit II