ARTWORKS

1998-2021

Chen Li has rightfully earned her place in the long line of this fascinating tradition of oriental writing. Her adept juxtaposition of words, letters and images see the former transformed almost beyond recognition into pure signs, in an evocative extension of gesture. It is not by chance that she has sought inspiration in three great poets from the West, thus engendering a cross-con-tinental dialogue and at once creating synergies that grow naturally in the field of artistic expression. The backbone of Chen Li’s work is the technical expertise that guides her gestures when creating space; this harmonises with her desire to communicate. Sometimes the individual words fade and disappear, testifying to the expressive dynamics that combine to form a symphony of colours char-ged with thoughts and sentiments. Just as with Giacomo Leopardi’s famous li-rica, we are faced with a ‘blissful’ castaway. At the same time, we are reminded of Borges’ wonderful verses, where art is revealed through enigmas, drawing the viewer into a game of recollections and suggestions that come together in a harmonious denouement of forms and chromatic temperatures.


ARTISTIC RESEARCH

installations, photography, painting, sculpures, calligraphy

Fast running rivers

For 3 month from February to May I tried new ways of doing art. How could I continue doing art when people around me died? But after a little while the artist's community and culture operators started a beautiful wave of generosity and never seen before events and ideas flew in the net. More than before we realized that we were not alone, because we had our art to deal with and that art itself (our life) healed us. I realized that the best part of quarantine was TIME. Time I didn't have before. Finally I had time for myself, for my family, for taking care of what is really important in my life. I learned again to look at, to listen, to breathe. Time for living slowly and live for real.
Everything else is in the news.
This very short video is my first work in this new mood. 

Enjoy and don't be afraid of starting again: 千里之行,始于足下
(a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step).

Chen Li

artist statement

Chen Li started as a calligrapher in 1994 for more than 20 years until 2015. Calligraphy for Chen Li is learning formal scripts and history of writing from all over the world. She is interested especially in Western formal scripts and Chinese writing. Her main interest becomes sign, as a microcosm, the starting point for any artistic work. The sign itself becomes the trademark of Chen Li and a recurrent element of her works. After about 10 years as a calligrapher and as a graphic designer, Chen Li reached her personal style: western calligraphy using the approach of oriental calligraphy: formal beauty that becomes one with the meaning, with particular regard to a contemporary vision. The "Happiness" series was born. The sign plays with all the traditional and technological media, to tell the current era without any critical intent. Through travels in various parts of the world and working with artists and personalities from fashion, industry, advertising, Chen Li found new expressive ways lost in folds of "mainstream" territories.

THE ARTISTIC RESEARCH BY CHEN LI: MUSEUMS, FOUNDATIONS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE VENUE, LIBRARIES, 博物馆展览 Chen Li's art projects are always site-specific: designed for a museum or a contemporary art place, a hospital, a previous church. 

SITE SPECIFIC ART PROJECTS BY:  
Triennale Bovisa museum, Milano, 2009
Archivio storico Olivetti, Ivrea, 2008
Mausoleo de la Bela Rosin
, Turin, Italy 2015
Ospedale Sant'Anna, Turin, Italy 2018
San Pietro in Vincoli, Turin, Italy 2018 - Festival delle migrazioni
Zooart, Cuneo 2011
Cortile del Maglio, "The art box", 2008-2009


      Chen Li Studio di Arte calligrafica
      Italy- via Principe Tommaso 26a - 10125 Torino - e-mail: chenli-at-chenli.it




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