Curatorial Projects > Present Tense Biennial: Chinese Character (2009)

Cui Fei
Manuscript of Nature V (detail), 2002-present
Installation, tendrils, dimensions variable

Witnessing radical social changes in China and experiencing cultural differences in the U.S., I find that my thinking has been permanently altered. In response to a continually changing outside world, I seek something that is real and permanent, which cannot be altered by social, political, cultural, or geographic conditions. I see nature as consistent, ordered, and thus providing a therapeutic agent for healing and harmony in an otherwise chaotic world. I utilize materials found in nature, such as tendrils, leaves and thorns composing a manuscript symbolizing the messages in nature that are waiting to be discovered. – Cui Fei

Present Tense Biennial: Chinese Character

May 1 - August 23, 2009
Chinese Culture Center
San Francisco, CA

Photo credit: Scott Chernis