The Taichung-based International Federation of Tsai-Mo Artists (IFTMA) sent a statement Tuesday to the United Nations, asking the organization to designate Sept. 9 each year as "World Tsai-Mo Day" and pay more attention to the arts and cultural activities.
The statement includes an appeal signed by 140 artists from 26 countries around the world to express their support for the IFTMA's idea of establishing a World Tsai-Mo Day and having the event observed on Sept. 9 each year, said IFTMA President Huang Chao-hu (???).
He expressed hope that the endorsement will increase the U.N.'s attention to the spiritual life of humans in the areas of art and culture.
Tsai-Mo (??) is an emerging artform of color and ink painting, which has evolved with oriental aesthetics, according to the IFTMA.
With respect to the characteristics of different people, Tsai-Mo paintings are created with a wide variety of inks, colors, papers and canvases in the artform that is new in the Western world, the organization said.
The art of Tsai-Mo "values all sorts of experimental and innovative expressions as the way to establish a new distinctive type of oriental art, as well as to achieve the ideal of 'the globalization of Tsai-Mo art,'" the IFTMA said on its website.
It has been very difficult to promote the new artform, Huang said, because the way Western artists create their works is different from that adopted by Eastern artists.
It is difficult to explain to the West the artistic expression of the East until materials can be found with which both Western and Eastern artists are familiar, he said.
Chuang Lien-tung (???), a professor at National Taiwan Normal University's Department of Fine Arts, said that unlike ink painting, Tsai-Mo uses color and is a kind of mixed-media art that was developed two decades ago by artists based in Taichung, central Taiwan.
The new artform has since spread from Taiwan to different countries around the world, Chuang said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel