Chen Qi’s representations of water are challenging…there is no focal point in the composition, simply the rhythmic undulation of ripples rendered in light and shadow. But this is water, as we see it, drink it and wash with it every day! It is the waters of the North Sea in Chuang Tzu’s Aimless Wandering, the water that Confuciussighed over when he faced the river, the water of ancient Greek philosophy that could never be stepped in twice. It has no form or shape. In nature, water is both abstract and concrete. It is in and of itself a metaphor for change and time that passes swiftly like flowing water. What flows through this work is the mark of time itself.