Tea Master, Calligrapher

In the Color of Red, Passion, Light, Fire, The Blood of Life, 
In the Shape of Square, Unity, Equality, Peace, Trustworthy,
I Serve, I Give, I Create, I am RED SQUARE!

RED SQUARE – The Passion of Human Being!

c7388631-025d-489a-81a0-5ae7bd01593a

 

As the brush sets to paper, leaving its illustrious trace of meaning behind, so did the fingers of a young Red Square trail through the black soil of her parents’ tea gardens in Changsha Hunan, China, leaving her hands dark with earth and her spirit bright with inspiration. Gaining certification as a tea master, and studying calligraphy in school as a young woman, Red Square also studies Neoillusionist Dance, and it has been in the practicing of these three disciplines that she has recognized they are all one in the same. Tea Ceremony is the dance of meaning through deliberate movement to express the truth of the Way; Calligraphy is the dance of the spirit on paper; Dance is the writing of calligraphy with the body.
Red Square applies her understanding of this threefold proportion by using Calligraphy, Tea Ceremony and Dance as the balanced revelation of self, and offers a sincere contemporary approach to traditional arts by using the modern day liberation of free association and diversification of mediums to attain her unique style. With every Tea Ceremony, Red Square combines Neoillusionist principles with Traditional Chinese Values to create calligraphy in four dimensions. With every character written, Red Square reveals a rare perspective into a world long since passed over yet ever present with us still, even in these modern times.
Red Square sees Neoillusion as the very image of our reality, like the delicate touch or the hard press of the brush moving on the surface of the paper that represents reality – permanent and not permanent. “In Neoillusion, there is no meaning, but the meaning.
Red Square says “Art is my Religion, Everything around is my Prayer, The Way of Tea is my Life.”

 

紅四方 – 李桂田

茶道茶藝傳播者
現代書法家
無茶儀式茶道師
策展人

李桂田名紅四方,出生於湖南長沙,於湖南農大大學主修茶藝,茶道,茶葉審評。美國 Neoillusion Academy, 主修藝術,哲學,宗教。
李桂田於2008年移民美國西雅圖,創辦桂田茶會所,贏得美國西北部的肯定和好評,被評論為美國西北部最好的品茶場所之一。
曾多次出席美國西北部重大茶葉活動的演講及演示。被美國西北部視為重要的茶事人之一。
搬移到紐約後,李桂田意識到茶並不屬於她個人擁有或任何人擁有,是神的恩典,是佛的菩薩心給凡人恩賜的禮物,於是桂田茶會所改名為無茶主義。
無中生妙有,無茶主義通過多元化,多文化,多民族引導及詮釋世界朋友在無的空間裡品,品萬物的味道,及在茶的空間裡品無的味道,品無限的擁有及無盡的空與實。通過一席茶的境界裡來感動世界的心靈來一起在空的境界裡感悟無窮無盡的擁有。
在無茶主義裡,無茶儀式以多元化的藝術渠道來表達茶的禪境。把琴棋書畫詩歌茶舞結合一體提供一個禪修的平台,通過品茶來領會生活中無處不有的禪,把茶的禪修融入生活中的每一存在來昇華禪茶的境界及神聖。
在無茶主義裡真正的茶是空,當放下一切包袱融入當前的時間和空間裡你便是茶, 你便悟禪。生活中除了茶就是禪。生活中無處無茶也無處有茶,而處處有禪。
在毛筆接觸宣紙的那刻,給予的是筆紙顯著足蹟的意義。年幼的李桂田在湖南長沙深色的農田泥土和茶山上成長,留下的是與大地相接的烏黑手指和她明亮靈魂上的靈感。書法的研究,茶道茶藝師的認可,還有Neoillusionist 舞蹈,這三者對她來說沒有任何區別,都是修生養性的實踐。書法是在紙上的靈魂舞蹈,舞蹈是在空間的身體書法,茶藝是舞蹈的含意,是以刻意的動作來抒發道的真實。李桂田女士用她對茶道、書法、舞蹈的理解來當她啟示老師,通過當今的解放自由,結合運用多種媒體創建了她獨特的風格,給傳統的藝術提供真誠的現代意向。在每次的茶道會上,李桂田以Neoillusionist 的原理與中國的傳統價值來創立四維度書法. 每一個字體裡李桂田寫下的是從前到現代相結合的罕見透視。 Neoillusionist 書法的意願是在行為中無為,讓純粹的本質寫滿在紙上。李桂田認為Neoillusion 是非常形象的現實,就像毛筆輕柔優雅或者剛勁有力的接觸寫作,那代表的就是現實,永久而短暫。 “在Neoillusion 裡,除了意義,什麼都沒有意義”, 李桂田說:“ 藝術是我的宗教,萬物是我的祈祷,茶道是我的人生。”