Cheng Ting Ting’s latest solo exhibition at chi art space in Hong Kong explores quotidian life in the city.
By looking at everyday life in Hong Kong, Cheng Ting Ting reflects on the prevalent attitudes towards education and creativity in Hong Kong, and the expectations placed on children in contemporary society.
In addition to her artistic practice, Hong Kong artist Cheng Ting Ting also works as an art instructor for children. From a dual perspective of art educator and artist, she observes how children are willing to learn and experiment with ways of imagining, interpreting and communicating the reality around them. In her latest solo exhibition at K11 Art Foundation‘s chi art space in Hong Kong entitled “Enfante” and curated by local emerging curator André Chan, Cheng continues her exploration of everyday life in the city, while drawing from her observations as a youth instructor on the prevalent attitudes towards education and creativity in Hong Kong, as well as the expectations placed on children by society today.
While working as an art instructor, Cheng has closely observed children in the process of creating, with the same set of learning objectives presented to them. The outcomes of their work is always visually diverse, with some children following the guidelines, others needing more assistance and yet others completely disregarding the instructions. Cheng sees this disparity as a vantage point for society to scrutinise and compare each child, awarding those that are able to strictly follow the guidelines and excel with ease.
Cheng instead embraces the diversity, welcoming each and every effort with equal wonderment. These experiences gathered in her classes with children are the subject of her work. Primarily working with painting, Cheng here also presents projections, intaglio prints and an art book alongside her oil paintings.
Her naïve-style canvases depict vibrant scenes of children at play, learning and creating. The bright, joyful colours that Cheng employs function as a veil behind which social reality is hidden: the high standards that prevail in society’s expectations from children from a very young age. Her art book is an assemblage of rare works created by herself at a young age, arranged like a stamp collection of sorts, and a reflection on her own artistic journey and her response to societal expectations. During the first three weeks of the exhibition, Cheng also performs in the gallery by painting on site, allowing the audience a peek into the artist’s studio and practice.
“Enfante” by Cheng Ting Ting runs from 28 June to 4 August 2017 at K11 Art Foundation’s chi art space, Central, Hong Kong.
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