I found that sages were usually very calm. They had the wisdom to deal with the imbalance of the brain nerves, and they were able to bridge the gap between the left and right brains and produce a certain kind of photoelectric effect.
And artmaking to me is to reach the moment when the brainwaves of the sages synchronise with those of the viewers and when the frequencies of the two resonate with one another.
– Zheng Guogu
The Brain Nerves of The Sage series is based on the understanding coming from Zheng Guogu’s long-term observation of the fundamental influences on activities of the human consciousness. The artist sees the consciousness’ formless activities as one genre of energy, and represents the photic qualities of movements of energy using images in order to transform them into paintings directly perceptible to a viewer as an alternative spiritual portrait.
A sage, in the context of Zheng Guogu’s artistic practices, is not so much a particular figure as a manifestation of a certain spiritual personality (or spiritual facts), rather, it is a process of exploring the internal lightness towards a space of consciousness, as well as a process of acquiring wisdom. This is what Zheng Guogu wants to share in the series of The Brain Nerves of the Sage. By observing the brain nerves of the sage, we may understand how they transcend the gap between the left and right brains and how they consequently produce a kind of photoelectric effect. We may be able to perceive and sense the messages from lives around us that are once blocked and restricted. From here, we can trace the various appearances of consciousness energy in history and the natural laws of the progress of human civilizations.
The U-space model appeared in The Brain Nerves of The Sage series is drawn from the U-shaped cranial nerves that correspond to an energy operating system hidden in our conscious activities. It seems to be composed of a countless number of two-dimensional lines that can be turned into a three-dimensional body. Like the double helix structure of DNA, the space may be infinite-dimensional.