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闺女震撼人心的3D作品

(2019-10-21 04:23:18) 下一个

秋高气爽!这个周末去闺女学校参加一年一度的Family Weekend活动。上午观赏了音乐系主办的Music Recita,其中有闺女的古筝演奏。这次闺女演奏了她自己谱曲的游子归。等我从百忙(吹牛)之中挤出时间,一定会给这个曲子填上歌词。



闺女在音乐方面,早就青出于蓝,让她爹望尘莫及了。她谱写的Dream of the Ice, Universe Dancer, 兼合了西洋与中国风的特色,非常有想象力与灵性(尚未发表,暂时为闺女保密哈)。她自编自导自唱的In Ten Years厉害了,我的爪闺女!),得到了音乐界专业人士的中肯。当然,最令我为之感动与骄傲的,是她为纪念奶奶专门谱写的Journey原创歌曲:天堂之旅-献给妈妈

不过,如果我不再忙着吹牛,重新回归音乐,潜心创作,以爪哥对音乐的理解力,以及对词曲的把握能力,一旦粉墨登场,高调亮相,全中国包括港澳台的音乐创作人都会无地自容,远离音乐,看破红尘,循入空门...

一不留神又吹上了哈哈。

下午去参观了闺女学校的"Exploration" exhibition,闺女的3D作品是展品中的亮点之一。闺女对绘画情有独钟(
女儿的震撼作品看了女儿画的画,我觉得自己老有所养了),不过,她开始在3D方面的探索,还是近期的事。



闺女无以伦比的想象力,以及能把Imagination与文字转化成3D实物,并精准表达出来的能力,让我再一次骄傲地对四嫂说:

闺女的艺术与文学细胞100%来自她爹的 X chromosome, 跟她得到的您那根儿 X chromosome没半毛关系。所以,辛辛苦苦拿三个博士有个啥用,啥也没传下来,哈哈哈哈...

四嫂:你说啥?我没听清楚,再说一遍。。

四哥:我。我。我。我是说幸亏闺女继承了您的才艺,她爹的相貌,否则也拿不到美国华裔最佳才艺小姐的桂冠哈哈。(爪闺女选美记-大结局篇爪闺女选美记:再向金神行

四嫂:看来,你今天节奏感挺强。

四哥:啥节奏?

四嫂:找掐的节奏!



Family Weekend,是闺女学校一年一度的盛会。全国各地的爱心父母包括爪哥的偶像,当年Hollywood超级巨星Richard Gere,纷纷来至滨海小城,巴结巴结地与乐不思蜀的孩子们重述天府之国的美好哈哈。可惜俺比老帅哥晚到一天,无缘见面,太遗憾啦!

秋高气爽,景色宜人,美得让人窒息...

于是乎湿性大发,有诗一首,让Family Weekend的亲情融化在浓浓的秋色中...



嗯,既然来了,必须到此一游,留下爪的痕迹哈哈

备注:

这是闺女在展览现场,关于这个作品的详细解说。说到动情时,闺女怆然泪下。不少现场的观众们也陪她一起落泪,讲解完毕后,全体在场观众则报以雷鸣般的掌声。。。

My artwork, "The Parts of Me that you Don't See" is about my struggle to come to come to terms with my Chinese identity as I grew up. If you look at this girl in the red backpack, this symbolizes that when I was younger in elementary school and early middle school, I had about equal influences of my Chinese culture and American culture. After all, even though I went to regular American school, a huge deal of my time was spent at home--where I was speaking to my parents in Chinese, learning how to play the guzheng, a 21-stringed Chinese harp, memorizing chinese poems, attending Chinese school on the weekends.
However, as I got older, as academics, extracurriculars, sports teams, and friendships outside of home formed, I began losing that part of me, and by a certain point, I started seeing the Chinese side of me as bad. I lived in a 95% white town, I was the odd one out, the person who looked different and was plugged under stereotypes of what it means to be Asian: someone who's nerdy and studies too much, someone who's unathletic and only good at ping pong, someone who doesn't have an active social life. I've had people ask me "Did you parents drop pots and pans down the stairs to name you?”I've had people pinch their noses in disgust from the smell of my lunches. In highschool, in attempt to defy those stereotypes and just be "normal", I turned my back away from my culture and embrace the "white" (which you can see in my artwork. I pretended to be stupid, I bought school lunches, I played sports like basketball and volleyball, I tried not to integrate myself into east-asian friend groups or post pictures on instagram with Asian friends. In the process of embracing the white, I didn't let the beautiful sounds, colors, and symbols of my culture touch me. I even stopped playing the guzheng, I even grew uncomfortable with saying my own name. The red only became just a small sliver in my hair.
But the important thing is that this red is not all gone, and it will eventually come back.

Now, The interactivity in my artwork implicates the beauty and importance of exploration. Take this piece from above at a normal perpendicular perspective of how we view drawings, you see this girl hugging and embracing the white, and everything seems alright, perfect, beautiful, fluffy and pretty. It looks like a welcoming dream.
However, it's only when you explore the piece from the side, take it from another perspective do you see excessively repeated phrases. (“?,”“who am I?”,“I hate myself") showing that I'm struggling to define myself, going through an internal crisis. all the perfect structures I've created are poised to shatter like a city of glass.
It's only when you explore from the side do you see the eyes staring back, my self-consciousness and anxiety that everyone's watching me, that I'm being judged and scrutinized wherever I go.
It's only when you explore from the back do you see a flap on the white that says silence; meaning I had cut out the music in my life which was so meaningful to my growth.
Lastly it's only when you explore from the bottom do you see a naked woman underneath the path of the little girl, symbolizing the vulnerability that comes with being stripped of all my layers and masks. This is a vulnerability I tried to hide, disguise, mask, and it's not easy to find unless you really get the time to get to know me, explore me, and understand me.
And it's a vulnerability that took a while for me to find in myself too. And that's the importance of exploration. Sometimes things in the surface may not always be what they seem. It takes time, approaching from a different perspective, examining with a different angle to truly understand an issue, or idea, or person

As for next My self exploration is also represented by the motif of a door that appears in many locations- sometimes it's closed, sometimes it's open, and it comes into larger force in the back of my artwork. There, my past self gazes at the path leading to the door, constantly questioning whether I should open or close my identity. Over the years, I have crossed out "open"and "close” countless times, and even now, I still haven't reached a definitive conclusion because my self-concept and identity are always wavering and shifting, struggling to accommodate both my Chinese and American side.
However, I think it's important that I've come to terms with this struggle, and one defining moment that helped me realize the power of my culture and give me a wakeup call was when I composed a guzheng piece for my grandmother. I've played the guzheng for a long time which was a connection to my Chinese culture that I never really lost, but this was the first time I was making something of my own heart and feeling, and it lifted me to such a different perspective, gave me a feeling of empowerment. The song is about how in my childhood, my grandmother came all the way from China to America to help take care of me. She not only ensured I was a healthy child growing up but she also taught me about my culture, etc. However, she left for China when I was ten and never came back to America again. I missed her for many years, and this period simultaneously corresponded with my loss of culture. However, in 2017 when I started picking up the guzheng again, I qualified to compete in a CCTV competition in Beijing, where my grandmother lived, and I knew I could see her again. I was so excited to meet her that I composed this song for her. The beginning symbolizes my love and longing for her and the second half symbolizes excitement of seeing her after so many years of separation. This song is called "Returning Home." It not only talks about returning home to my grandmother, but also a return to my culture, my identity, and how I've appreciated it so much after travelling away from it.

 

周末段子:这才是白日做梦!

白骨精之死真相揭秘

果然是吃货一枚!

周末美食:桃园结义

如此政治正确!

白露凝霜在心头

霜凝笛远君可期

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爪四哥 回复 悄悄话 回复 'bjszh' 的评论 : 闺女的确是散养出来的。我们没有给她任何压力,其实在高中乃至现在,四嫂一直在帮她减压。
爪四哥 回复 悄悄话 回复 'Calab' 的评论 : 保密 :-)
bjszh 回复 悄悄话 女儿讲得真好,可以看出她不是被单纯培养、虎妈出来的,而是天生资质(加丽质),前途无限。一个问题:这个问句里不用your parents,而是"Did YOU parents drop pots and pans down the stairs to name you?” 是暗讽提问者的修养吗?
Calab 回复 悄悄话 这是Brown University吗?
爪四哥 回复 悄悄话 回复 '梅华书香' 的评论 : 谢谢谢谢,大大地谢
梅华书香 回复 悄悄话 了不起,了不起,了不起!大大点赞!
爪四哥 回复 悄悄话 回复 '田姐' 的评论 : 谢谢。嗯,只有穿成这样,才能看出谁是领导,谁是仆人哈哈 :-)
田姐 回复 悄悄话 四嫂穿得那么正式,四哥怎么那么随意呢?赞爪闺女!
爪四哥 回复 悄悄话 回复 'SCNC' 的评论 : 四嫂培养得好,四哥吹得好 :-)
SCNC 回复 悄悄话 你閨女好厲害,才藝雙權,還有貌。家裡培養的好。
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