“Calligraphy in Clay” is the newest exhibit in the Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library. An opening reception to meet the artist, Mei Li (Su Fong) Milonni 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Upstairs Rotunda.
Milonni has combined two of her passions in this exhibit – traditional Chinese calligraphy and ceramics. She has studied and worked in both media for many years, and only recently has she combined the two to create a unique and fascinating body of work.
Traditional calligraphy uses symbols or characters to tell stories. Because the symbols can have many different meanings when translated from Chinese to English, she has provided three translations for each of the larger works. In this exhibit, Milonni uses several techniques to add calligraphy to the artwork.
She creates 3-D characters out of clay and applies those characters to large plaques made of wood or paper; she incises the characters into clay jars or vases; she paints the characters with glazes onto clay vessels; and she paints with ink on paper.
The Upstairs Art Gallery at Mesa Public Library is open during regular library hours. For more information about library events, call 505.662.8250, or visit the Library page on the Los Alamos County website.