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Art Discussion Group - Malta



by E V Borg

These works are sublime, timeless, unique and overwhelmingly beautiful. They reveal an impeccable natural beauty untouched by man. They demonstrate the choice of a discerning scholar/poet, of a connoisseur, an expert through choice. Choice is a thought process, a creative act.

But these choices are priceless for what they suggest, for the way they inspire and inflame human intellect, fantasy and imagination. The artist Li Yingjie and Mother Nature connive to stimulate thought and arouse our sensitivity and sensibility. The simile ‘as cold as marble’ fades into insignificance as these non-sentient rocks become animate, warm, sensual, an eloquent language, history, a primordial epic. The artist imbues them with feeling, sentiment and emotion. They become alive. They communicate.

Their abstraction becomes so figurative: trees reflecting like magnetic film in a mill-pond sensation; a branching tree in a meadow; a landscape with lake and delicate branches fingering the sky; a range of mountains painted in the vernacular Chinese style, possibly influenced by the wonderful environment of Chengde in Hebei province; a primordial scene of cane in water (no. 18); a seam of coal, and a ghost. They remind me of the fossilized fern leaf that I perceived in the porphyry paving stones in Lower Barakka, Valletta.

Suggestion and change, metamorphosis and suggestion as stone is matter produced in a gradual and slow process under pressure, stress and tension in time; a million, a billion a trillion years. It is the miracle in nature that turns dust into clear, transparent diamonds, into precious stones. It is the subject of physics, chemistry and geology. It is the history of time. It is the story of the cosmos. It is matter in time and space. It is the secret of the earth. It is the result of myth and magic. It is the mystery of eternity.

E. V. Borg

art critic

The Secret Code of Rocks – Chinese Natural Rock Art exhibition

China Cultural Centre, Melita Street, Valletta 16 – 27 June 2016

Cavalieri Art Hotel, St. Julians 01 – 15 July 2016

The artist Li Yingjie delivered specialty lectures in Italy, Japan and France, such as the “Soul of Rock”, “Four Seasons of Rock” and “The Secret Code of Rocks. Moreover, between 2008 and 2014, Li Yingjie published series of collections titled Li Yingjie Original Art (Lijingjie yuanshengtai ji xiang yishu).