When Marco Polo journeyed to Asia, particularly China, he was so impressed he learned the language. But what has sustained interest in China is its art. It began with handwriting (calligraphy) poetry, then combining those skills to design earthenware for the Emperor, thus the porcelain cups, dishes referred to as “china”, then “the china closet”
CINDY CHENG, is a Baltimore artist, who has tried to run away from her inherited endowment, but has decided to let her DNA to be known to the world. She is part of a two women exhibition, THE THING IS CLOSE, now running at the SCHOOL 33 ART CENTER , at 1427 Light Street in Baltimore.
I talked to her about the creation O, BEAUTIFUL, which combines not only Chinese ceramic technology, but engineering, that is now catapulting the Yen to values not hither to realized.
Cindy’s partner at the exhibition is JACKIE MILAD, another Baltimorean, with Egyptian and Honduran backgrounds.
Interestingly, we do know that both Marco Polo an Christopher Columbus were Europeans, Columbus discovering Honduras, and bringing the Spaniards to inhabit that Caribbean island.
Milad’s work is filled with masks, with a series of messages hidden for viewers to find. The Egyptian and Honduran culture can be morbid, with similarities to the American Indian, and the brutalities the tribes suffered at the hands of the Europeans.
Can this exhibition, THE THING IS CLOSE, awaken the need for us to be closer