A new exhibtion of ceramics and paintings by Belfast-based artist Fang Zhao and China-based Pang HaoQing, to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020.
This exhibiton will run each day from 6th – 28th February at the Flax Gallery in Theatre at the Mill from 10:00AM – 5:00PM.
You are invited to come along to the opening reception on Thursday 20th February, 5.30-7.30pm.
Fang Zhao Artist Statement:
My practice as a ceramicist seeks to communicate international ideals through sculpture and functional pottery. Working from thematic sketches, I experiment to explore materials, form and surface decoration.
My work is inspired by my Chinese background, particularly my interest in traditional Chinese mountain painting. I use organic mountain shapes as a metaphor to examine my personal life journey. Laozi, the founder of Tao philosophy, stated that, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Working with clay enables me to maintain a balance and harmony.
Ceramic is a medium through which I express the adventures and challenges of everyday life. A journey always starts by a step, what may seem to be a circle, and one may end back at the starting point, as life is not simple. These organic forms and personal expressions signify the passage of time, likening the ups and downs of life to the process of climbing mountains. All this becomes clear when we can see things through the processes of life. In this way, my work seeks to synthesise traditional and modern aesthetics in order to situate a conceptualisation of the relationship between culture and the natural world.
Pang HaoQing Artist Statement:
Pang HaoQing is a Chinese artist who seeks to represent nothingness in artistic conception. He works with Chinese rice paper and ink.
HaoQing not only embraces traditional styles, he also creates his own unique approach to represent his personal perspective through his paintings. Bringing together old and new, he strives to communicate the past and the present.
His work is inspired by traditional Chinese landscape painting, in which he offers insights into nature. His perception is that true nature may only be glimpsed and given personal expression by achieving a direct understanding through spiritual practice in the real world. To present time, space and Chinese philosophy, the brush marks grant space a special meaning, that is seeing into one’s nature and attaining a peaceful mind.