我的刻纸作品《影子系列17》 75x60 2010年 纸
Shadow of Life
By: He Guirui (creator of etching shown below)
My etching: The Shadows (17th work; 75x60; paper produced in 2010)
There is something that I can never get rid of throughout my whole life. It comes and goes like a ghost without leaving any trace. It constitutes the trajectory of life, triggering fragments of my memory. It is my shadow. I never feel lonely with my shadow alongside.
Waking up from midnight dreams amid the dim lamp light, I see only my stretched shadow. I attempt to roam about, leaving all love, brief, reasons and truth behind. I drag along with the body endowed by God, in which lives the tortured soul, finally finding my own fragment of sky over the yellow plain. When the dawning ray enters my eyes, I start running after the shadow, searching for the point from which I can embark on my own journey. Everyday I go out with it in the morning and come back with it in dusk. It does not speak, listen or breathe, but grows with me, being quietly carved in my memory, although sometimes clearly and sometimes vague.
Shadow appears and disappears whether we care about it or not. In the moments between its appearance and disappearance, we have experienced ups and downs, happiness, sadness, dullness or excitement, as if walking on firm earth.
When a child is born amidst the light of sun or lamp, he is blessed by brightness and at the same time, also gives birth to another life that tie in his destiny. This is his shadow, his projected image on earth, the barrier which ray never manages to pierce through. It is another half of life bestowed by heaven and earth which matches with our physical being. As reflection of the soul, shadow keeps me accompanied through the best and worst of times recording the fragmental traces of my journey. It is always there in the dreamy confusion or outright sobriety, teaching me how to face the music, regain ego and break through the spirit shackles, and directing me to dawn through the darkness of the night. In times of loneliness, I bow to find the loyal shadow that soothes without saying anything. It never misses me in the daytime but secretly hides from my glances in the darkness. It is a game that goes on and on keeping my shadow apart from me.
He Guirui, 2010