Wei Huang’s work renders the golden California landscape to breathe and pulsate. The piece’s life force is the rendition of jetting air streams, overpouring fog, and rolling cloud herded by the pacific winds. In contrast to traditional widescreen landscape style, she enlivens a mountain as if seen through a glider launched from the coast. The metaphysical presence of the mountain we discern is but the tip of the iceberg of the whole. In short, her mountains are so grand that the concept of shape no longer suffices as an intrinsic property.
She paints fog and cloud thinning to partially divulge a golden mountain range, as if the back of some continental entity. The brief moment affords us a glimpse of forests of the ages, withdrawn into the entity’s wrinkles and crevasses. Mystic auras shroud them in quasi-hibernation, perhaps sustaining them for rainy season’s delayed visit. The rolling cloud can spirit away this rare sight at any moment, not to reappear until the entity stirs, perhaps for decades or aeons.
Weizi (Wei Huang) has lived and painted in San Francisco since the mid 1990’s. Her art has been singly exhibited six times and invited to international art exhibitions many times. Portions of her art have won awards and collected.
Unlike repaintable oil, water color strokes permanently absorb into the Xuan paper canvas’s fibers. Like any master with decades of practice, she shapes brushes, times dryness, and dilutes ink/color within the minutes time window before a stroke dries. Moreover, she employs the uniquely Chinese perspective of leaving the canvas partially blank, for blankness stimulates our brain to imagine the vastness of distant space, a transcendance over blankness perturbed.