Beauty, the Sublime, the Hidden
Wu Chen’s paintings of bamboo almost seem to move. There is a magic here. Can there be a special empathy in the creating, that somehow evokes the life force? A catalog proclaims, “Twenty portraits of the artist as a bamboo.” Is there a deep beauty, not only in nature, or in its underlying truth, but anywhere, that can call us more deeply, bridging beyond difference, and bringing new awarenesses? Beyond that is the sublime, as per Kant, characterized as fully beyond human (rational) understanding. One meets wonder and awe and intimation of more, of power beyond our reckoning, and infinities yet awaiting. Can appreciation of nature and marvels of life bring awe and humility while calling us forward to learn in new ways?