Emily Cheng: OPENING of THE EGG | Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

Emily Cheng 成瑞嫻 (b.1953) Pursuing Heaven, 2019 Flashe on Canvas 183 x 152 cm
Image courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ Gallery 圖片由藝術家及漢雅軒提供
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Hanart TZ Gallery is honoured to present “Opening of the Egg”, a solo exhibition by Emily Cheng. In conjunction with the highlight display at our Art Basel Hong Kong (Booth 3D16), over 30 pieces of her work will be on view.

The opening reception, in the presence of the artist, will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 2 to 6pm, at Hanart TZ Gallery.

Responding to the energy and emotional nuances of Emily’s paintings, Composer-performer Kung Chi-Shing will perform his soundscape with violin, flute and electronics at the opening reception.

Emily Cheng 成瑞嫻
Emily Cheng 成瑞嫻 (b.1953) Saturn Venus Mars, 2023 Flashe on Canvas 211 x 178 cm (Studio View)
Image courtesy of the artist and Hanart TZ Gallery 圖片由藝術家及漢雅軒提供

It happened that I opened the Egg and that the God left the Egg.

From “Liber Novus”  , Carl Jung

In alchemy the Egg stands for the Chaos apprehended by artifex, the prima materia containing the captive world-soul. Out of the Egg will rise the Phoenix, the liberated soul, which is identical with the Anthropos who was imprisoned in the embrace of Nature.

From “Psychology and Alchemy”  , Carl Jung

Emily Cheng’s art is a portrait gallery of the Soul in its multifarious manifestations. Each painting is a separate incarnation, inheriting a memory cultivated by its own special cross-pollination of cultural traditions. The richness of imageries her art delivers is itself a feast for the eye, and the pleasure they stir in art lovers direct them to other moments of delight, as they recognize figurative details from the global world of art.

Since the mid 1980s Emily Cheng has studied and accumulated imageries for her personal language, drawing from every tradition she encounters. Her eye is always directed to both their sensual pleasure, and to the aura they impart to the spaces they originally occupy. Her labour that went into reinventing these images, either into icons of their own, or combined to form pictorial worlds that echo with spiritual art of the past, has grown to such a distinguished corpus that it offers a personal reinterpretation of the lineage of spiritual painting. In an age when visual images dominate our everyday experience, Emily Cheng’s art continues to make painting convincing through her exploration of imageries that evoke deep historical memories that stir the Soul.

Chang Tsong-Zung

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