Appreciation of Early Period - The Beauty of Emptiness

1992 - 1997

 

In his youth, Li Chen developed his own distinctive style through the study of Western sculpture; later he chose traditional Buddha statue-making as a career. Embracing religion has prompted Li to take a different perspective on life. Devotion to religious work involves ridding oneself of subjectivity and remaining absolutely objective; in contrast, an artist’s creative works are a direct manifestation of personal subjectivity. Pondering this dilemma, Li Chen said: “I do not have the ability to free traditional Buddha statues, I can only liberate myself.” In this period, although the artist’s work retained the appearance of the Buddha statue with only slight structural differences, he had clearly already developed spirituality in “the aesthetic of emptiness.”

 

 


 

 

Holy  Mountain

1996

 


 

 

Avalokitesvara

1995

 


 

 

Avalokitesvara

1996

 


 

 

Water-Moon Avalokitesvara

1992

 






Fulfillment Avalokitesvara

1996

 


 

 

Mercy Avalokitesvara

1996

 

 

 

 
 
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