Keeping the head upright (虚领顶劲, xū lǐng dǐng jìn)
Keeping the body straight (立身中正, lìshēn zhōngzhèng)
Drop the shoulders and sink the elbow (松肩沉肘, sōng jiān chén zhǒu)
The chest curve inwards and the waist pressed forward.(含胸塌腰, hán xiōng tā yāo)
Sink the energy to the dantian (心气下降, xīn qì xià jiàng)
Breath naturally (呼吸自然, hū xī zì rán)
Relax the hip and keep the knees bent (松胯屈膝 ,sōng kuà qū xī)
The crotch is arch shaped (裆劲开圆, dāng jìn kāi yuán)
keep the mind pure and clear (虚实分明, xū shí fēn míng)
The top and bottom works together (上下相随. shàng xià xiāng suí)
Adjust hardness and softness (刚柔相济, gāng róu xiāng jì)
Alternate fast and slow (快慢相间, (kuài màn xiāng jiàn)
The external shape is curved (外形走弧线, wài xíng zǒu hú xiàn)
The internal energy travels a spiral path (内劲走螺旋, nèi jìn zǒu luó xuán)
The body leads the hand (以身领手, yǐ shēn lǐng shǒu)
The waist is an axis (以腰为轴, yǐ yāo wèi zhóu)
in the past, everything is immaculately arranged. All things have the same value: people, books, events, chairs, numbers, me, love, New York are of equal value.
The work centers on political/social commentary that involves such issues as gender obliteration, extinction and the effect that globalization/gentrification have on our society. Given the progress of trans gendering, gender obliteration may not be too far off in the future. These topics have not been accepted until very recently and considering our present political climate, may very well be in jeopardy.
A quote by Nicelle Davis explains my statement rather clearly: Death is a charmer; nothing makes us feel more alive than brushing shoulders with him at a bar, in our cars, or at 5,000 feet in the air. Every time we risk and survive there is a thrill. We feel like we won more life because we are not the ones dying.
There is something sexy about Death, how when poachers take a machete to the face of an elephant, the gaping wound resemble a wet vagina, how sex is always better once it’s gone, or when whalers take a grenade harpoon to a whale—even more so when an entire species is gone, how life looks for life even inside a zoo.
But Death is a trickster. We can never win at his game. We might be living, but our humanity is dying. Soon, there will be nothing of our lives worth living for.
My materials include water based mixed media: I start by spilling coffee onto my surface, (this lays down the foundation and design of the work), gouache, water color, acrylic, graphite, ball point, India ink, color pencils, on paper. The work is colorful, sizes range but mostly 22”X30” 40”X26” format, and somewhat resembles a graphic novel/comic book type format. My layering process includes writing that I incorporate and use as mark making. It also helps to carry the narrative.
The work has often been compared to Dr. Seuss on crack.
"If you wait long enough, science fiction will become reality."