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About the Author

Vivian Chen
vivarin San Francisco, CA, USA
Working primarily in digital photography, Vivian Pei-Wen Chen seeks to bring aspects of the world that we ordinarily fail to see into images as unbounded as they are precisely defined. The negative spaces words scarcely touch — the quiet, neglected crannies and vast hollows of big cities, the voids that open up in landscapes, and the slight but overwhelming gaps within dense crowds — are places her eye readily resides, and form the heart of her work. A passage on nothingness from the Tao Te Ching expresses for her how the sheer darkness existing where light does not is what allows her images to emerge: Thirty spokes are joined together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that allows the wheel to function. We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that makes the vessel useful. We fashion wood for a house, but it is the emptiness inside that makes it livable. We work with the substantial, but the emptiness is what we use. Tao Te Ching: Chapter 11 by Lao Tzu

Publish Date  September 16, 2010

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  22 pgs Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Portfolios

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