Born in Changde in 1972, Zheng Xuanbiao graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Hunan Normal University in 1996. He graduated from the Fine Arts College of Hunan Normal University in 2005 with a master’s degree in postgraduate studies. In 2006, he studied at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently working at Tianjin Vocational College of Art, Ceramic Art as an associate professor.
Paper, its crispness and easy folding qualities are closely related to people’s lives. The money is made of paper, dining, washrooms, writing, business card exchanges are all related to paper which carry alot of social meaning. Things that are often considered to be weak seem to be the most easily overlooked.
“Two Simplified Chinese Characters”, is a text that has been broken down halfway. People in their 40s and 50s can’t completely change their writing habits until now, and habitually write “history.” Those who grew up in the Cultural Revolution are left with a deep impression by the two short words on the big-character poster. Interestingly, the most thorough understanding of the two short words were often the ordinary folks with weak cultural knowledge. I was amazed when I saw the complaint materials and ordinary words written by my father. The second simplified words are actually a kind of will to power. Very strong intervention in words, and easily cast aside. This is the inspiration for my creation of the ‘Second Simplified Chinese Character’ series. The incomplete two-letter dictionary, which was burned by the years is both the fate of paper, the fate of the calendar, and the destiny of a generation. I try to make the works realistic, and the vintage appeal are often visually simulating.
The paper has different interpretations of meanings, perhaps we can look at the personal experiences that connect these works with the viewer. – Zheng Xuanbiao