THE POST-BUDDHISM PERIOD (2000-2010S) The completion of the Great Stupa, a two-year, seven-month-long project, was a turning point in Chan's life. During the project, he acquired knowledge from different fields,...
The completion of the Great Stupa, a two-year, seven-month-long project, was a turning point in Chan's life.
During the project, he acquired knowledge from different fields, including gemology, color theory, physics, metallurgy and gemstone setting. It was an enriching experience for a carver and sculptor. Not long after completing the project, however, his collector and mentor passed away.
Chan was devastated, and his thoughts became fixated on the mystery of life and death. He visited cemeteries again, but this time, not to study the statues of angels and saints, but to summon ghosts and spirits, in the search for answers to his many questions.
Overwhelmed by grief and confusion, Chan decided to become a monk. He burnt all his photos, gave away all of his belongings, and embarked on a journey with a Zen master. As a monk, he visited the sick and the dying, and he meditated and fasted, in pursuit of a pure state of existence. It was during this period that he felt truly connected with the universe - the joy and sadness of flowers, the whispers and songs of birds, and the breaths and murmurs of the earth.
After six months, he returned to the mundane world, with his desire to create stronger than ever. One day, he carried a big block of cement from the street all the way up to his rooftop and made a sculpture out of it. Soon he was creating again, with any materials he could access and afford, such as copper, stainless steel and iron. In the 2000s, most of his sculptural works were created with mixed media, on themes related to his questions about life, growth, death and struggle.
First image: Dead but Sentient by Wallace Chan (Sulptures & Carvings)
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