Li-Wen Kuo adheres to a strong concept of individuality. The principle of seriality is alien to her work. Even where one believes to discover variations, each picture has grown out of itself, possesses its own power center that organizes it. Nevertheless, all images feed on the same source of light, which almost always comes to the surface as a glow. Where it does not, one senses its enigmatic presence, as if it were looking for a place to break out of the picture. This appearance has nothing to do with illusion. What is the visible, what is the invisible? Looming is the term used in English for the shadowy appearance of an object. Far away or seen through fog. Elusive and of doubtful identity. Such loomings occur in Kuo's pictures. It is not always the blurring of contour or the transparency of form that is responsible for the uncertainty of the gaze. There is something that eludes. It lies hidden behind the fullness that one sees. The austerity of the individual composition corresponds with a release of pictorial content. In their fundamental openness, the paintings establish a relationship to the viewer that has its ground in themselves. What Kuo strives for with her work is the inexhaustibility of this relationship.
With Malevich's Black Square, "painting" has reached the zero point of reduction. From it, only a movement into the positive is possible. Since then, the painter is confronted with the question of what he can still create or what he can create again. In addition to the perception of pure form, Li-Wen Kuo is concerned with approaching a core that cannot be described otherwise than "spiritual". Intuition and conscious guidance work as equal tools in this process. No element emerges in this approach without a connection to the other element. Kuo's attitude in this is to entrust oneself to the becoming of the picture, to learn to see it and finally to carry it on methodically. The inner logic of the composition transfers pure forms into atmospheric carriers. Therein lies a parallel to wordless, but by no means silent music.