Chinese calligraphy began about four thousand years ago, with Yangshao culture during the Yin Zhou dynasty. Different from the western alphabets, Chinese characters employ the simplest lines, to form a separate box words. In addition to communicating, calligraphy is a medium for Chinese culture, philosophy and artistic expression. Developing into its own aesthetic system.
Chinese calligraphers are considered as the divine communicator between nature and “heaven”, coming together with the perception of their life. Therefore, the masters’ calligraphy, in certain way, reflects the Law of Nature, or be considered as the “visual frequency”, the Law of the Universe.”
While writing calligraphy under high concentration, the aesthetics of calligraphy can purify the writers’ mind, while positive energy can be cultivated. During that time, a connection is established between the writer and the original “master” (the poet of the original calligraphy). This is called “writing meditation.”
Calligraphers reflect the ideology and the social need of their time using different scripts and style. Traditionally, calligrapher will inherit the legacy of the past master and forge ahead their own legacy for the next generation of calligraphers. That is why it is important for the writer to master the essence and law of calligraphy while incorporating the contemporary aesthetic concepts. This can be demonstrated through the nature of ink, the manipulation of brush strokes and the structure of the characters. Every calligraphy created is a new tradition of Chinese calligraphy. We may even re-translate the traditional territory of its definition, to let this ancient art form to fly higher and cover more area on this planet.
The following images are Henry Ho’s traditional calligraphy in reflecting his statement and for teaching purpose.