The so-called “Xiang (Phase)" can be divided into tangible and intangible. This time, Zheng Zhiming is bringing 108 works which relate to the human face to seek and explore the true definition of “xiang”. From our understanding of the world, one look at Zhiming’s artworks one might perceive them to relate to rebirth, but after learning ebb and flow of him, you would understand that this artwork is about homecoming.
Known as an artist exploiting the soul, Zhiming has shifted from fruitful figurative watercolor works in early years to the burst sorrowful works in recent series. Zhiming has always lived within his work. Since his re-appearance in 2017 with this shift, many people have said that they have get lost inside Zhiming 's work. They feel that he is constantly pushing the boundaries of the psychological state of his paintings – letting himself, the world, and art reverberate in every stage of his life.
Zhiming’s ‘Ruxiang (Phases)’ series of works that are more than just painting. It is an art that focuses on exploring the unformed consciousness, the inner monologue and the return of one’s self. These paintings take people on a journey, through heavy fog, across joy and sorrow, and finally to a calm and peaceful world. Such great calm derives from tearing apart and reforming. Regardless of “Miaoyou (Subtle)" or "Ruxiang (Phases)", Zhiming has already abandoned the previous style of watercolor figurative features, and is no longer confined by color, form, and technique. The color and phase are subjective and sorrowful, creating a sad and mournful tone. The artist sees beyond colors. He sees nothingness and the truth of the world. Only by letting go of the obsession, can you see the most authentic Zhiming in the intricate artistic context of tangible and intangible.
The poet Gu Cheng once said, ‘the night gave me dark eyes, but I used it to seek for light ’. This poem says everything about Zheng Zhiming. What he had gone through, what he had broken through, could no longer be depicted in ordinary terms. A stream of consciousness guides people to open all their senses to feel and reflect with all their heart, not clinging to reality and non-reality. It is like Zhiming is no longer clinging to colors, but the harmony within. The Tathagata is as it is. Zhiming’s works embody the dialects between unity of the nature and the principle of all things, as if those souls in his works have suffered several reincarnations and profound sorrow. This will be an ever-lasting art experience for all.