Watercolors series: Vacuidad / Emptiness

Growing up, the artist I admired most was Venezuelan

artist Francisco “Paco” Hung. Engraved in Chinese characters on the stairs of his studio was a quote from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. A man of few words, Francisco recited the quote, explaining how we can find value in emptiness.

This perspective spoke to me and started guiding me in my approach to art. In this series of watercolors, the brush strokes are the beauty that you see but it is the empty spaces in between which let you appreciate the strokes. The empty spaces are an integral part of the composition. They are not bi-products but rather the force behind the composition.

Dimensions : 7” x 15” with frame.

“Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.”