Mediha Ting 定光琴
HEART SUTRA SERIES 2013
Heart Sutra series:
The Heart Sutra series continued Mediha Ting’s trademark style of intense saturated colour and beautiful smooth abstract surface embedding multitudes of layers, ranging from text, figurative drawing, images transfer and colour spread.
The Buddhist text, Heart sutra can be found in each painting using diverse methods and media, some hidden between the layers inside the paintings and some more visible. The characters of the heart sutra in some of the paintings have been turned into the shape of figures forming a crowds. And as an entity they convey wide ranges of energies and moods.
Ting incorporates Heart Sutra into her paintings as a means to explore different subjects arising from the text such as group consciousness, perceptions and various states of mind. Using partially subconscious induced forms loosely referencing Icelandic landscape in contrast with Hong Kong densely crowded cityscape.
The painting processes for the Heart Sutra series are almost like a mediation process bringing together fragmentation, contradiction, anxiety and anarchy together and reconnecting, healing and bringing harmony and tranquillity in the hectic city life.
Interviewed by Dimsum News - Feb 2016
Mediha Ting 定光琴
Born in Levuern, BELGIUM in 1975
Mediha TING grew up in Hong Kong and was educated in the United States and in England. She comes from an artistic background and studied Fine Arts to postgraduate level. In 1995 while she was studying Fine Arts at California College of Art, CCA, she received Honourable mention in the All College Award (An Open competition for all Arts colleges/universities in the US). She graduated from (Byam Shaw) Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in 2000. She later earned a Master Degree in Art Policy and Management at Birkbeck College in London. She decided to focus fully on her art career and leave investment banking industry. She returned to live and work in Hong Kong in 2013. Her work has been described by one reviewer as embodying a powerful feminine spiritual energy.
She has had solo shows in London, America, Shanghai, Hong Kong, UK and Taiwan and her work has been exhibited in numerous selected group shows and art Fairs all over the world; including Contemporary Art Auction at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester, Asian Art in London and ScopeBasel Art Fair in Switzerland.
Mediha was brought up in a Taiwanese-Chinese-Muslim household. This diverse upbringing along with her overseas experience have allowed her to investigate perceptions of cultural identity, relationships between the inner world and the urban built environment and, more importantly, the state of consciousness and the subconscious.
~ by Jefferson Mendoza (dimsumnews.com)