Oh I have been thinking of doing this for some time now, so i finally got myself to do it. You can merge any type of art together, as long as the general feel of the final result remains consistent artistically. If you think of combined visual art as music, then you can play any notes as long as it does not sum up to cacophony. So, Chinese calligraphy and tribal African motif. Well, I had to think of the script first. I was leaning towards oracle bone script, naturally, which currently is known as the oldest scripts in Chinese calligraphy. Its raw and pictographic appearance, as well as rough uneven and sort of primordial looking strokes that form individual characters would suggest it to be the best choice. Then I also thought of great seal script, bronze inscriptions in particular, since they also ooze with ancient energy.
But then I thought of ancient clerical script which is simply superb. It is much older than other two scripts, but it has this amazing quality of shredded uneven and unpolished line. To anyone not acquainted with the art of Chinese calligraphy it may seem too chaotic and random, but it is simply sensational. It has this amazing unstable energy of order in mayhem. It is hands down one of my favourite scripts in history of Chinese writing.
History of ancient clerical starts around 5th century B.C.E. and if you are interested in reading a bit more on Chinese calligraphy scripts, you can find my in-depth articles on the subject here. For this full body art photo shoot I picked random texts from bamboo slips, I was more interested in matching the styles and quality of lines rather than bothering with consistency in meaning, which would be a difficult task anyways since bamboo slips contained rather short messages, and most of them was related to administrative tasks and duties of clerks and officials. Beauty of Chinese calligraphy is not about what is written anyways, but the game of lines and their relation to the background and space management. It is a bit like with poetry, you are not supposed to translate it and analyze like those morons teach you at school, but appreciate it with all of your senses intuitively, and without applying any mathematical equations.
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