Between Space 'n Time
During summer 2012 the Curator's Wall will feature a work by Mimi Chen Ting entitled Between Space 'n Time. This work, created in 2012, measures 192" x 54" and consists of four panels of acrylic, charcoal, and graphite on canvas.
Between Space n” Time, Mimi Chen Ting’s latest painting, is another step taken in her long journey as an artist. It is her habit, upon completing a piece, to reflect and acknowledge the influences that have helped to deliver her to this specific space.
Hung King, Ting’s maternal grandmother, with her little bound feet, and with whom she shared a bed until l she was nine, showed her that life is a continuous marathon. Her mincing steps might have slowed her down, but she always intended to reach where she wanted to go. Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, and Clyfford Still, among others, keep Ting on track with painstakingly balanced and dynamic compositions where every square inch is crucial to the whole. Eric Oback, Ting’s late teacher and mentor, gave her the one piece of advice Ting lives and works by, “Just find what it is you want to do, and the way to do it will follow”. He believed that all colors have a voice. If they are listened to, they will sing. Then there is Henry James, who infected Ting with his compulsion from the beginning: “We work in the dark. We do what we can. We give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”