Kiln-formed glass, mix-media, tea
Dimensions: 13cm (H) x 5.4cm (W) x 16cm (D) / 5.1" (H) x 2.1" (W) x 6.3" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
“When I was little, the elders in my family told me the story of swallows chirping for autumn. In Beijing, one can often see gathering swallows that either fly in the sky or perch under the eaves of old houses. The Chinese characters of Yanjing（燕京, means Beijing） and Yanshan（燕山, a famous mountain in Beijing）both have Chinese character that carries the meaning of swallow（燕）. I always believe that every person in Beijing is an incarnation of a swallow. As I grew up, I realized that neither is related to swallows. However, in my mind, this city has always been so closely related to the images of of swallows. In recent years, the gentrification in Beijing deprives the swallows and their homes. Those chirping swallows disappear with their destroyed nests, just like the sounding pigeons fade away in the sky of Beijing.”
- Meng Du
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Based in: Beijing and Nanxun, Zhejiang Province
Graduated from the Graphic Design program of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (B.F.A.) in 2008 and the Digital Art program at the department of Glass Program of Rochester Institute of Technology (M.F.A.) in 2013. Currently, she is living and working in Nanxun, Zhejiang Province and Beijing, and has been teaching as the Adjunct Faculty at the Central Academy of Fine Arts since 2016. Her work has continued to exhibit in China, Europe, and in the United States. Her recent exhibitions include: Meng Du: The Room, Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai (2018); The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa at Shiinoki Cultural Complex, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan (2016); Flow Grow: 2015 Qingdao Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition at Qingdao (2015) and Design Shanghai 2013 City of Craft and Design at Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2013). In June 2016, she had her first solo exhibition in New York: Meng Du: The Climb, The Fall at Fou Gallery, New York (2016). In 2016, she won the The Honorable Mention for The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa.
Meng Du is interested in preserving memories and keeping a record of them so they do not fade over time. With a natural instinct to extract meaning from narrative, she also wants to show memories in decay, as a way of memorializing them and showing the process of their slow disappearance from our consciousness. She incorporates the drawings and found objects, which come from her personal life experience into the surface treatment and imaging techniques of glass. To represent the nostalgic feeling and memories of certain times and places that she does not want to let go of.
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