Meredith W McPherson
In the mid 1990s, Meredith W McPherson left her job as Project Director for Traveling Exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and moved to Nanjing China to serve as personal apprentice to Grand Master painter and calligrapher Liang Zongheng. With Master Liang, she studied Chinese art history and philosophy, poetry and painting, culture and craft, and the tools and techniques of Chinese calligraphy. Master Liang gifted Meredith with a rich tradition passed from master to apprentice and honored her with the name Mo Feisheng – Voice of Flying Ink.
Meredith has exhibited her artworks extensively throughout the USA, Canada, China, and Australia. She currently lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico where she continues studying Shang Dynasty (circa 16th-11th centuries BCE) Oracle Bone Inscriptions and paints with a special focus on contemporary Zen-inspired brushed ink calligraphy on handmade paper.
Meredith says: “Traces of black ink flying across white paper enables me to express my interpretation of ancient sacred symbols and then release those images to the custody of the art viewers who reinterpret the symbols through their own personal cultural lens. This creative process respects Master Liang’s behest to ‘Share the sacred images with the people.’ ”