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The Wheel of Becoming by Shui Tsang

  • By Janis Lee

The Wheel of Becoming by Shui Tsang

Fishcake presents “ The Wheel of Becoming ” by local based Thai artist Shui Tsang, on view July 15 til September 4, 2021. Opening reception Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 6pm - 8pm.

The Wheel of Becoming is a Buddhist philosophical concept which explores change and causality through reincarnation.The Buddhist goal is to achieve peace: transcend and become free from the wheel. Through the artwork presented in this show he does not presume to offer the path to peace, rather, to momentarily appreciate and take ownership of our inheritance and transformations. To exist is to suffer, celebrate, long for things, contradict, and transform.

In Thai, the name of the show “ ก ลาย จักร ” /G-laai Jak/ translates directly to “ The Becoming Wheel ” but it can also be interpreted as “The Pattern of the Cogwheel.” Shui's work is strongly influenced by pattern and decoration. He creates leather sculptures by cutting leather into fundamental pattern elements. The elements are folded or stacked together to create abstract figurative imagery of organic, nostalgic, and cultural objects such as toys and orchid garlands. By pressing the oil-dye soaked flesh of leather patterns to paper, canvas, and wood, he creates calculated yet dreamy scenes of animals which evoke Chinese ink paintings or Neolithic art. Art-speak aside, Shui is here to share with you leather metaphors that he think are beautiful.

This is, because that is.

This is not, because that is not.

This ceases to be, because that ceases to be.

เมื่อสิ่งนี้มี สิ่งนี้จึงมี 

เมื่อสิ่งนี้ไม่มี สิ่งนี้ก็ไม่มี 

เพราะสิ่งนี้ดับไป สิ่งนี้ก็ดับไป

[ Idappaccayatā 

/ อิทัปปัจจยตา ]

Shui Tsang is a Thai self-taught artist living and working in Honolulu, Hawaii.


The Wheel of Becoming

By Shui Tsang

opening reception Thursday July 15, 2021 from 6pm - 8pm

exhibition runs from July 15 - September 4, 2021

307c kamani st, honolulu hi 96813
gallery hours: mon - sat from 11am - 4pm

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