An individual grows and matures in various stages of life, and in that growth, the individual comes to realize that different traditional disciplines would have permeated into one another to create the self. As a Chinese researcher, I have to acknowledge that Chinese speaking community is also permeated with Taiwanese culture. External behaviours or innate ideas in one’s daily existence is strongly related to the orders from ancient wisdom.As an example, consider the famous writing system (fig9)where each word is represented with strict rules. This is the structure of the Chinese characteristic where even its methodologies have to be circumscribed.
When a student learns the calligraphy, the student to follow a set of procedures to make their writing look more organized and elegant.For instance, in order to arrange the coordination between different words with efficiency, it is better to hang the arm in the air (fig10). This position of the hand helps achieves better effects. Instead of moving and twisting, the individual with just slight movements of the elbow and shoulder and making use of the longer torque between arm and brush, could speedily and easily organize the overall effect of writing. The rules/laws of Oriental writing system motivate me to draw the link to artistic ways with contemporary significance.
Before applying to universitiesof Taiwan, most individual train on art techniques only for passing the exams. It is hence understandable why numerous art studios have set strict procedures to teach students how to make a “successful” drawing or painting. The time of the exam is limited,and hence the overall effect achieved has to be significant in a given short period. Discipline hence starts at art level. In addition, discipline is enforced by means of the one-year service in army which is mandatory in Taiwan. As a soldier, obedience is the core concern in the process of training. Repetition will hence become an everyday practice whether it be executed for the purpose of passing the exam or for becoming efficient as a soldier. Practice makes perfect and the above experiences also inspire my interestin understanding of the role of rules/laws in the procedure of art production.