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Ink Wash Painting First Prize

Tree, Soul, Rain / CHEN Ting-Chang

Tree, Soul, Rain

Introduction

“Changing fire” was an ancient practice of making fire with different species of wood in four seasons. When seasons change, state agency in charge of firing would conduct wood-changing ceremony, and this was referred to as “changing fire.” I believe that the practice of changing fire is more than just practicality, it also embodies the close relationship between men and nature. It is a kind of reflection, just like the Book of Change and eight trigrams have both risen from nature, and guided people in accordance to nature.