From its inception, Ju Ming’s Taichi series developed in the spirit of Chinese martial arts. Using wood, bronze and stainless steel as medium, Ju composes sculptures with large surfaces and imbalanced shapes to illustrate a powerful bow or kick from Taichi. His early Taichi works draw heavily on the art’s boxing forms but overtime, they have gradually drawn away from focusing on “form” to convey the “idea” of Taichi and offer a deeper spiritual and artistic experience. Ju Ming shared, “It’s not just carving this form or that form, but [carving] the changes between forms.” This statement surprised many Taichi teachers who challenged: “This form is familiar. Why haven’t I seen it in pictures?” In response, Ju Ming explained that his Taichi creations mold “similar in appearance” and “similar in spirit,” from the visible to the invisible.
LIVING WORLD SERIES
Ju Ming’s Living World series was inspired by New York’s vibracy, which translated into his colored wood sculptures. Ju creates with heart and makes change in his artistry when he is moved by new inspiration and experience. Ju Ming remarked,
“Why did I carve Living World? I thought I should carve something about life. The Living World series is inspired from life, and the attitude behind its production is close to a modern concept of sculpture as well, which is founded on an easygoing and free spirit.”
Since the integration of this series in his portfolio, Ju Ming’s works have gone through many transformations. He has expanded the medium he works with to include potter’s clay, sponge, bronze and stainless steel. His wide array of subjects have included animals, middle-aged women, modern girls, athletes, monks, and more.
The strong Taichi series and the soft Living World series represent two sides of yin and yang. Ju Ming merges the essences of Chinese culture into his craftsmanship that his sculptures elude a unique and impressive power and spirit.