hair made into the biological liquid ink and ink stick format are the
new materials for chinese ink painting. the hair-made genetic ink itself
is an art object, and at the same time, it is a component of my new installation.
this special invention has been possible by the collaborative effort and
generous support of the bio-lab of shanghai university, the shanghai test
tubing factory, the shanghai qunzhong furniture factory, the shanghai
medical factory and the shanghai ink factory. through difficult process
of experimentation, we have achieved a significant result in the historical
development of chinese traditional ink-making methods.
the definition of "black silk" represents chinese hair itself,
"rain" refers to the ink drop. traditionally, the shanghai medical
factory produces hair powder for medicinal purposes. powdered human hair
is used as a medical treatment for anxiety. in traditional ink fabrication,
charcoal powder is used as the black pigment material. the medical factory
has invented a hair powder especially formulated to be the fundamental
pigment for my liquid ink and ink stick following the original chinese
prescription of powdered human hair, ironically and symbolically, the
human hair-made ink is now given a conceptual function to cure cultural
#1, black silk rain (liquid ink)
because of it is biological properties, and link to the concept of our
biological century, this new chinese ink is bottled in a standard biological
laboratory container made of clear glass, resting in a gracefully designed
jichi wood box. the ink glass bottle and jichi wood box are engraved with
the words "black silk rain" both in chinese and english. the
package traditionally displays the ink as a revered, chinese national
#2, black silk rain (ink sticks)
the human biological ink sticks are traditionally formulated and each
made by hand. the ink stick shape is made to my custom specifications
and includes the name carved into the surface and highlighted in gold.
they are beautifully displayed in a jichi wood box with the three word
title engraved on the lid: "black silk rain" .