|Title: “XUAN KONG”
(Literally meaning “space and time” in Chinese and pronounced “chu-ann kongg”)
Size: 36” W x 31.5” H (unframed)
While we have all heard the term “feng shui” and think of as a manner in which to configure our home, it was a far more powerful concept in the earlier millennia of the Chinese empire. The Xuan Kong school was thought to possess almost supernatural powers in determining the yin and yang of the Imperial surroundings. In 1041 A.D., one of the greatest practitioners, Jing-luan was appointed to the Court. His only problem was he was too truthful, to the point of telling the Emperor the burial ground for the Court was all wrong. He ended up in jail, was eventually pardoned, and lived the rest of his life on White Cloud Mountain. A select group of students were handed down the “secrets of heaven,” and it is said they still practice this mysterious art today which blends the yin and yang with the forces of nature.
Acrylic paints on heavy watercolor paper, veiled over with hand-made Japanese rice lace, bathed in a mixture of archival beeswax and UV-resistant polymers, bordered with insets of mid-1800’s Mongolian black Buddhist manuscripts written in crushed jewels, adorned at each corner with a 14th - 16th century Chinese cash coin, affixed with melted religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries, surrounded by hand-rubbed gold leaf, all on archival museum board.