View In Room
View In Room
Dimensions: 25.4cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 2cm (D) / 10" (H) x 11.8" (W) x 0.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Meng Du collected vintage frames and incises the images of old furnitures on the mirrors. Rising from the old chairs, suitcases, and dressing tables, the cloud shapes seem to be the souls that inhabit in them. Tsukumogami, in Japanese culture, refers to the belief that objects, which are neglected for more than a hundred years, would absorb the essence of the earth, accumulate their resentment for the neglect or perceive the Buddhist teachings and gain their own souls to transform into ghosts. Yukio Mishima cites the tale of Tsukumogami in his novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion. He recounts that a pile of objects were abandoned by their owner at the beginning of spring and they turned into ghosts and spirits. Meng Du recollected these discarded objects and photo frames, and depicted the images on the mirrors to redefine these old objects and rediscover their meanings as well as values.
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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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