Stone sculpture art by Qian Fang Shi
In the eyes of the artisan, everything in the world, with or without life, is on an endless journey of improving itself by making and correcting mistakes, and when things elapse, they leave relics, just like the sarira of the Buddha. This is why the artisan decided to craft this keep-going “Sarira in the Secular World” Series. To him, the creation process itself is also part of the endless journey.
Serving as an introduction to this series, this piece named “Stillness” was based on a bent screw the artisan found while jogging. The artisan believes that this screw, having been discarded like garbage, is its relics, left after completing its own journey. The artisan then duplicated the screw with turquoise in the same size.
This piece has an interesting name: Bada Shanren (Zhu Da) Had a Fish. On this miniature sculpture made of the gobi variety of Hetian jade, the artisan illustrated the well-known Ming dynasty painter Bada Shanren, or Zhu Da (ca. 1626-1705 AD), who the artisan believes had a fish, living or dead, in his mind.