New paintings the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Cheng’s latest paintings are inspired by tapestries. Tapestries were traditionally woven and served numerous purposes from decorative functions to baring symbolic emblems, illustrated narratives or other important graphical markings. They are intricate, detailed and accurate, revealing more to the viewer upon a closer inspection.
Loosely borrowing from this idea, Cheng’s rendition of the city and its locations metaphorically echo the same qualities of a tapestry. Certain parts of canvas illustrating an element of a place may tell a story, and all together they form the field of patterns through shapes, colour and composition. This idea is further propelled by the flattening of spatial forms in the scenes, in to more geometric shapes. Once again the theme of ‘familiar and unfamiliar’ is explored in Cheng’s latest works (as it relates to the identity and recognition of place).