Early Works

Lavorare stanca (labor tires)        

inks, paper
10x30 cm
© Chen Li
1997



Early Works: Calligraphic Art

Details: Serie of calligraphic works on paper, tribute to formal and not formal script, words, poetry, colours. In a very minimal way.

Calligraphy / Words / Gesture
I worked for more than 10 years only on paper since 1994 to 2004. It's a group of works dedicated to poetry, to calligraphy and to alphabets. From 2004 I started working on canvas with calligraphy.  

"Blazing in Gold",70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper

"Infinito", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper

"Happiness", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper

"Untitled red" 2005

"The Gift", 2006

"Happiness", 2006

"Borges-the riddle" 2003

"Flowing", 2005

"Vento Cardinale" 2007

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-continental 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 charged with thoughts and sentiments. Just as with Giacomo Leopardi’s famous lirica, 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. 

"Happiness", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper, UniCredit collection

"Infinito", 70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper, UniCredit Collection

"Blazing in Gold",70x50 cm, Chen Li 2005, inks on paper, UniCredit Collection

"Borges's riddle",70x50 cm, Chen Li 2003, inks on paper

"Flowing",90x90 cm, Chen Li 2005, acrylic on canvas

"Untitled red",100x150 cm, Chen Li 2005, acrylic on canvas, private collection

"The gift",100x150 cm, Chen Li 2007, acrylic on canvas, private collection

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