For this series, I am much more interesting using real light and bare canvas surfaces to activates the paintings, rather than creating an internal illusion of light or surfaces. I used the color black and white and chrysanthemum as metaphors for my own journey to understand what is the truth in painting. When people speak of opposites, it is usually in terms of black and white. White reveals, black conceals. In my case, black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear, it is unknown and unseen. It is also mysterious providing a sense of potential and possibility. Black absorbs all aspects of light. On the other hand, white manifests the presence of all color - the complete energy of light. It stands for wholeness and completion, openness and truth. A white chrysanthemum is a traditional symbol of the truth and the flower of my birth.