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LINDA YAO
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The highest excellence is like
(that of) water. The excellence
of water appears in its
benefiting all things, and in its
occupying, without striving (to
the contrary), the low place
which all men dislike. Hence (its
way) in near to (that of) the
Tao.

Lao-tzu
Tao Te Ching
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Aqua Vitae
DEEP BLUE SEA
TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE
Deep Blue Sea No. 6
Twilight's Last Gleaming No. 6
Water Under The Bridge No. 3
"Aqua Vitae" comprises of three
ongoing series exploring
different views of the San
Francisco Bay: empirical,
metaphysical and psychological.

Each work in "Aqua Vitae"
begins with the pristine white
smooth gessoed surface as a
tabula rasa to build upon. A
thick pasty white base is
slathered on with mudding
knife and fingers, allowing the
paint to form its own
idiosyncrasies and core
personality. After the
foundation solidifies, the
surface is augment with
partially-mixed pigments
applied with squeegees and
palette knives, when the fresh
paint creates engrams with
vestiges of the substrata
exposed. The final layers are
composed of single colors
whose definitive one-
dimensionality attempts to
counterbalance the transitory
nature of the fluid environment
created beneath.
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