Today I'm going to share with you a piece which has a very special place in my heart, and of which I'm very proud.
Last year I saw this 10m(!) scroll which came in its own beautiful jacquard box and thought I had to have it. I decided to record Bai Juyi's "Pi Pa Xing" poem on this scroll in my signature cursive style. This was a very challenging task I set myself, as there was no way I could work out how the poem would fit into the 10m space.
While I was a bit apprehensive to start off with, the more I wrote, the more at one I felt with this piece. In the end, I completed this piece in one session just short of 3 hours, and I used up the space of the full scroll, no more, no less, perfect! I think the flow and strength are self evident.
Bai Juyi was a famous Chinese poet from the Tang Dynasty. Shortly after Bai Juyi was demoted from a capital official to become an officer in thel local prefecture, he was seeing off a friend on the Yangtze River when he came across a lady playing the pipa on a nearby boat. The piece of music she was playing clearly came from the capital, so he decided to find out about the lady. The lady relayed to him her life story of being once famous in the capital and then her fall from fame as her beauty faded, which caused Bai Juyi to reflect on his own demotion and write this poem about the ups and downs of life.