- Ten Thousand Ugly Ink Blots -
for string quartet (2006)
by Hyo-shin Na
The title and inspiration of Ten Thousand Ugly Ink Blots comes from a series of four paintings made in 1685 by the Chinese painter Shi-tao (1641 - 1720). The fourth painting includes his own poem:
Ten thousand ugly ink blots to vex Mi Fei; A few flaccid strokes to make Tung Yuan roll over with laughter.The perspective lacks unity from my ignorance of a winding landscape; The foreground is too confused, just a few rustic cottages can be made out. I have broken out of the mold and liberated my "mind's eyes!" Like a Transcendent riding the wind, whose flesh and bones have etherealized.
In order to "break out of the mold" and to liberate my composer's "mind's eye", I traced abstract elements from Shi-tao's paintings onto 17 transparent sheets, and used these sheets in varied overlappings and superimpositions as a direct source for textural and melodic materials.
This piece was made possible with the support of the Arts Council Silicon Valley, the Argosy Foundation, and the Ives String Quartet.
Published by Lantro Music - Belgium