From the curators Chih-Zer Yee and Danielle Susalla’s notes:
Revered as one of the highest forms of Chinese art, calligraphy embodies the sophistication and formal abstraction of Han Zi. In China, students learn Han Zi in a structured, square-word calligraphy format. The paper, ink, brush, and ink stone are essential tools known together as the “Four treasures of the Study.” The order of the brush strokes and the thickness of line are extremely important qualities. Each character is composed of spontaneous, yet definitive and unforgiving, brush strokes that together form words and symbols.
... [The artists] intergrate formal Eastern and Western training coupled with the history of their culture to reconstruct their identities. This collection reflects the energy, strength, and beauty of their hybrid existence and reaches out to a huge demographic of Asian Americans who are challenged with the same feelings of displacement.