Ding Chen's Stone Seal Carving

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chinese carvings on stone

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November 15 - December 15, 2023

“In the traditional Chinese art of stone seal carving, I find a profound connection between history, culture, and self-expression. With each stroke of the carving knife on the stone surface, I seem to be immersed in a journey that spans centuries, paying homage to this unique craft of ancient Chinese heritage.

Rooted in the rich tradition of Chinese culture, and as a living witness to human civilization, seal carving embodies the essence of patience and precision. As I meticulously chisel intricate characters and designs into the surface of the stone, I know that I am experiencing the elegance of Chinese calligraphy and the wisdom of classical art. The significance of these seals goes far beyond their visual appeal. They contain the spirit of Chinese calligraphy and philosophy. As I delve deeper into this art form, I find myself not only learning the techniques of calligraphy but also absorbing the spirit of patience and attentiveness embedded in it.

My seal carving blends in my thoughts, feelings, and interpretations of the world around us. I hope to build a bridge of communication between cultures of diverse origins and of different ages, allowing people to feel the pulse and soul of a culture that has left its own distinctive mark on this art. Each seal is a unique expression, and in this sense, it is also my creative journey, forever fused with the spirit of this ancient craft.”

Ding Chen, Student in the School of Information Studies

This exhibit was curated by S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, Visual Arts and Language Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. To apply to submit an exhibit complete the Biblio Gallery exhibition form.