Taking a unique approach to Chinese calligraphy, Ni Li’s piece Flow, embodies the spirit of China looking to a curious combination of the old and new. Sourcing both ancient culture and contemporary style, Flow incorporates Chinese “Wild Cursive” script（狂草） written on bamboo skateboards as the canvas. Made of ten skateboard scrolls, Nili’s pays tribute to legendary calligraphy master Huai Su, less than 10 pieces of his works have survived. His work Autobiography （自叙帖）, widely regarded as the world’s greatest Chinese cursive script. Nili takes direct excerpts from Huai Su’s writings as well as lines from famous poets the likes of Li Bai (701-762 AD), China's drunken superstar poet .
It’s an artistic description of the renowned scholars work, but also a statement on the internal rhythmic movement within the characters themselves, the calligraphy, and their unique canvas. Within her piece the spirit of Flow connects the old world with a contemporary medium, all done with poise, poetry, and aesthetic balance.