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October 26, 2011

The Art of Fung Ming Chip

By Departures Dispatch | Art

Fung Ming Chip's Chinese seals
Art by Fung Ming Chip

The Chinese-born Fung carved these eight original seals out of soapstone and artfully stamped them on traditional xuan paper for the October issue’s cover. Here, he tells us what they mean: “For more than 2,000 years, seals have played a crucial role in East Asian culture. They are not always only literal expressions but often reflect the character of their creators. From left to right, the first two seals simply display my Chinese name, while the third one represents my studio, Four ‘No’ Studio (for no principle, no judgment, no reality, no truth). Some, like the cloud, just depict images I like, and the rabbit and carrot are because I was born in 1951, the Year of the Rabbit. They can also just be sayings. The last seals display two of my personal favorites: ‘Life of ease’ and ‘Right and wrong all life long.’”

For more information on the artist, go to fungmingchip.com.