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“A Name for My Artwork”


Photograph of metal bottle caps, blue and rusted

Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

I have been looking for a word to use for all my pictorial endeavors: painting, photography, and the placing – or throwing – of objects to then be photographed.

I cannot find one in English. So I am led to the Chinese shih hua.

Shih means creative activity
and hua pictures.

So shih hua does seem to describe what I do.

And then to add that it is always with the intention, the hope, that it be healing. This I believe is the basic reason for us having the gift of creativity.

Fu Yuan – healing

So: Shi Hua Fu Yuan.


Painting, Photography,