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Boundless Bliss

Artist Blog by Yuxi Wang

The concept of "Lasting Longer Than an Instant" is excerpted from the novel "The Age of Learning" by Hong Kong writer Dung Kai-cheung. This book accompanied me during my time as an exchange student in Taiwan. One example in the book illustrating this concept is drawn from a poem by W.B. Yeats:

While on the shop and the street I gazed My body of a sudden blazed; And twenty minutes more or less It seemed, so great my happiness, That I was blessed and could bless. (William Butler Yeats)

Dung employs the pattern of "pre-modern Goethean Bildungsroman" in this book, occasionally providing a disorienting reading experience. It is precisely the sensation of multiple encounters and overlapping details that greatly captivate me. The fiery sunset blending shades of pink and purple, the budding tulips, the vast expanse of white clouds, butterflies fluttering their wings just before sunrise, and street lights illuminating after a downpour... I enjoy the moments of witnessing such instances.

Meanwhile, the works of Hong Kong writer Xi Xi, and Japanese authors Yukio Mishima and Haruki Murakami, have also deeply influenced my narrative style and my attention to subtle details. Directors like Kazuo Hara, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Wim Wenders have also greatly inspired me in aspects such as visual composition and color utilization.