Born in 1938 in Miaoli County, Taiwan, Ju Ming became an apprentice of renowned sculptor Yuyu Yang. He studied Tai Chi during the seventies, and since then developed deep insight into the world of Tai Chi and martial arts.
Created in 1984, the “Taichi” series explore the interplay of yin and yang in Tai Chi, with dark and light created through sculpting and carving techniques to evoke the “emptiness” of yin, and the “realness” of yang. Such light and shadow is naturally preserved to the finish, allowing the combination of flat planes with textures to evoke the very Eastern spiritual concepts. It has both a wooden and rocky quality, which successfully demonstrates different textures of the natural elements. This piece looks at the interaction between environment and the forms the Tai Chi movement “Cross Hands” takes, such as the “static yet dynamic” movement and the eye movements. The precise and skilled craftsmanship creates vivid sense of movement through a combination of firmness and softness. Full of vitality, this piece seamlessly fuses traditional Chinese wood carving techniques with a more concise contemporary style.