“Painting Movements” stems from an art residency with the Squire Foundation. With her unique ability to capture music and dance visually, Si Jie engaged the Santa Barbara art scene for inspiration.
Being a performer her whole life, it is Si Jie’s experience in dancing and drumming that really got her to paint. The way her body feels and expresses rhythms inspired her to capture rhythms into lines and colors, and that has been an exhilarating process for her. She paints in a quick and spontaneous manner, typically within the time frame of a performance. The visual work that flows out of Si Jie in that instance speaks to the art of being present in art making, and the idea of the
Now in Buddhism.
Listening to the Orishas II (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 28” x 40” $1050 I painted on top of an existing painting done in 2013 while listening to Afro-Cuban rhythms in the studio. It was satisfying to learn that I could honor the similar gestures of the existing painting but this time with more gravity.
Listening to the Orishas (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36” $950 I don’t believe in mistakes during the process of painting: Whatever I am compelled to express will end up on the canvas, and become tools for me as an artist to improvise. Sometimes, I compare it to the act of cooking, where more salt leads to more water and vice versa until you get the right taste. Video: www.youtube.com/c/SiJieLoo
Capoeiristas (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 36”x36” $950 Using my sketches of a Capoeira group as inspiration, I reanimated the Brazilian martial art movements into an abstract painting. Blue paint serves as my ‘Chinese ink’ in this case, adding depth to the painting while accentuating the white space around the composition.
Abstract Movements (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 24”x24” $500 Using my Sweeney Todd sketches as inspiration, I reanimated the dancers’ movements into an abstract painting.
Doundoumba (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36” $950 Doundoumba is a Guinean dance for the strong man. I painted the high energy that I felt during the African Soul International Dance and Drum Festival with my bare hands, and ‘grounded’ the painting with black paint, similar to how I use black ink in my Chinese ink paintings as a final step.
Kakilambe (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 48” x 36” $1350 Kakilambe is a mask dance rhythm from Guinea. Using my African dance sketches as inspiration, I painted the high energy I felt during the African Soul International Dance and Drum Festival with my bare hands, scraping and adding paint with the palette knife.
Form is Emptiness (2015) Acrylic and Indian ink on canvas, 40”x30” $1150 I started the piece by writing an excerpt from the Heart Sutra, exploring ‘form’ and ‘emptiness’ on canvas. Then, I painted an abstract figure from my Sweeney Todd sketches over of the Chinese characters and completed the painting with Indian ink.
Painting Movements (2015) Acrylic on canvas, 40”x30” $1150 Using my Sweeney Todd sketches as inspiration, I reanimated the dancers’ movements into an abstract painting. Instead of building the painting from the background, I approached the canvas like my ink paintings, starting from the lines and gestural movements.