'What is Engraved in the Heart' with Min Zou

'What is Engraved in the Heart' with Min Zou

November 12, 2019

Min Zou is an artist, currently live in Beijing China, who has studied in China and Europe. Her artistic creation ideas of the present stage are from her true feelings, thoughts, knowledge and her wisdom.

Min Zou works generally come from the accumulation of knowledge, the love of nature, the love of natural science, the exploration of humanities and social science and the philosophical insights. So, it can be said: Most of her inspiration comes from her thoughts and thinking.


The root of all suffering stems from Desire. Desire leads to illusion, illusion lead to confusion, confusion leads to the pursuit of falsehood, the pursuit of falsehood leads to pain, disaster, aging, and death. True wisdom is not merely reaching transcendence, but spreading wisdom and enlightening the mind. True wisdom comes from goodness in the deep heart.

What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

Free artistic creation suits my character. As a matter of course, life has made me an artist.

How would you describe your own personal style?

My work has no specific style, free style. My works derives from my knowledge and life experience. I try my best to express my own ideas and show my creativity. I don’t really care if it’s concrete or abstract. Challenge myself, go beyond myself, and keep creating new works.


What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

As an artist, I have a Bachelor degree in engineering, and a Master degree in art. My works generally come from the accumulation of knowledge, the love of nature, the love of natural science, the exploration of humanities and social science and the philosophical insights. So, it can be said: Most of my inspiration comes from my thoughts and thinking.

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

When I create my works, there are no special materials and medium. Purely free creation. Maybe use scrapers, maybe use brushes, or maybe paint directly. How to paint is convenient, how to come, there is no fixed format. 


When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

My creation comes from my feelings for one thing. If I had no feelings about it, I wouldn’t paint.

Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?

When I’m not busy, I like reading, about art, philosophy and science, getting inspiration from books. At the same time, I have visited many places to comprehend life, getting inspiration from real life. I like to live freely and work creatively, and do not deliberately make daily rituals and daily routine.


Travel in the simple and blurred nature, wander in the colorful local customs, and what is engraved in the heart is just a simple purity - simple and warm.

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

When I work, I focus on one piece at a time until completion. I like to concentrate on creating, finishing one piece of work before creating another.

Which of your artworks are you most proud off?

The artworks I’m most proud of are these: zero civilization; Goddess of wisdom; Because of me, the world is better.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

Time does not flow from the past to the future, nor does it flow from the future to the past. Today is today. I could not travel back in time. Every day, do what I should do well is an achievement. Can’t hear tomorrows news.


Tongxin city is a place on the Loess Plateau that is seriously deficient in water. I had been walking around Tongxin for most of the day, and had not washed my hands. The sun was about to set, and finally, I saw water in Tongxin Halal Abbey. I asked the Muslim at the water's edge: may I wash my hands? Of course, he said. He also gave the best of the little wild peaches he had picked to me ...

What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

I don’t think there are any challenges for artists of the 21st century to overcome. To do art is to be a person, I try to do what I should do well every day, just like Kant, regardless of gains and losses, regardless of the return to do things. 

Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

I think artists are not only storytellers or advocates for a cause, but also create purely for expression their creative nature. Giving full play to personal intelligence is also a sign of social progress. It will also promote social progress. Art is to improve and purify the hearts and souls. The core value of art is to promote the progress of human society.


We human beings are only the aggregation of the basic particles of nature. In fact, for nature, we are just like a basic particle, so small. In a myriad of the universes, the birth of our wisdom lives, cherish. Any change in the universe can make lives disappear. The fact that we are in existence limits our discovery and development of nature. Maybe the miracle will be born, and the logical abstract thinking leads to a unique theory to predict and describe the wonderful world ...

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