common feature that runs through all of ]nson Wongsam's
works is the notion of "taking away." Whether
it's digging, chipping, scraping or chiseling into the surface
of a piece of wood, each act of "taking away"
is the result of a conscious decision. It may be a quick
decision, but it is one made hundreds and thousands of times,
each with a specific goal, each with a specific weight.
There are hundreds and thousands of pieces of wood to remove
and discard. This process is a metaphor for human life.
Each of us is shielded by an outer layer that we must constantly
chip away at in order to reveal what is beautiful and essential
below. Each blow into the surface of the wood is a source
of pain, but it is only through a long series of such blows
that the inner beauty can be revealed. inson conceives of
a form in his imagination, and then by carving, gouging,
and polishing, he brings this idealized form to reality.
At the end of this process of "taking away," the
artist discovers in the wood the beauty he has imagined.