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書畫搖滾 中西合璧 東方之聲 唱響全球(3)

Made of bronze or ceramic in various shapes, the ding (or ting) is an ancient Chinese vessel dated back to Shang Dynasty (circa 1600 – 1046 BC). The ding is a symbol of power; possession of the legged vessel is often associated with dominion over the land. Legend has it that even before Shang, King Yu the Great of Xia Dynasty (circa 2070 – 1600 BC) had a set of nine dings made when he divided his territory into nine provinces, and that possession of all nine was a “mandate of heaven” to rule all.
Chinese-American artist Aiqin Zhou took it as her task to recreate Nine Dings through art to interpret the ancient history and traditional culture of China. Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Zhou started studying art and calligraphy at the age of five. {Add her experience/credentials here}
To Zhou, the essence of Chinese culture deposited in its rich history is about spirit (jing), energy (qi), and soul (ling). She sought to convey such essence through her paintings of nine dings and the calligraphy behind each ding. From the first to the ninth, her dings increase in size and represent different junctures in the progression of Chinese history and culture. Zhou chose the three-legged style of Zhou Dynasty ding as the three legs represent heaven, earth, and mankind. According to the artist, Emperor Yu of the Zhou Dynasty used the ding to celebrate his mother and father. And to the artist, Yu created the balance of yin and yang, and prosperity and peace. Zhou also happens to be the family name of the artist herself.
Decades of studying of Chinese classics and philosophies led Zhou to the contents of her calligraphy behind her nine dings. Most of the texts were taken from the most important historical writing in Chinese history – Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji) by Sima Qian (circa 145 – 90 BC). She also used texts from other Chinese classics. The texts were meant to convey the foundations and ideals of Chinese culture, especially Confucian concepts of peace, love, and harmony.
Zhou painted her nine dings using Chinese cursive style brush stroke and Chinese materials combined with the three-dimensionality of colors in Western art. The different values of Chinese ink take vivid forms on traditional rice paper, bringing out the artist’s concept in stunning force and lucid elegance.
Nine is the most important number in Chinese culture, associated with royalty, abundance and prosperity. Aiqin Zhou not only chose to paint nine dings, but to finish the work in the year 2009. It was the year that celebrated her own first half century, and also the year that marked the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between China and the United States, her motherland and her adopted country.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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