In popular culture circles, Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng will at all times have an esteemed place and a loyal following, due to some very catchy pop tunes she sang within the 1970s. Songs equivalent to Darkish Facet Of Your Thoughts, Commencement Tears and One Summer time Evening are nonetheless remembered to this present day, as are her songs with Hong Kong group The Wynners.
In 1976, on the age of 19, she received the main actress award at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Movie Competition for her position within the film Chelsia My Love.
Cheng retired from showbiz after she married Lion Group chairman, Tan Sri William Cheng.
These days, Cheng is healthier recognized for a distinct kind of inventive endeavour: Chinese language brush portray and calligraphy.
The previous songstress held an exhibition of her works in South Korea final month to boost funds for charity. The exhibition, held from Oct 26-30, was organised by the Lion-Parkson Basis and the With Coronary heart Basis of South Korea.
“I’m very excited! It took me multiple month, nearly two months to organize for this!” mentioned Cheng, 62, on the launch of the exhibition in Daegu, South Korea.
The charity exhibition was mooted when Cheng met Kim Yong-Beom, the chairman of the With Coronary heart Basis a while in the past. Kim steered that his basis be a part of forces with the Lion-Parkson Basis for charity.
The exhibition featured works in calligraphy and Chinese language brush portray, artwork types which might be near her coronary heart, Cheng says, as she had missed the chance to practise them when she was younger.
“I used to be educated in English once I was younger, throughout British colonial rule. I uncared for Chinese language tradition at the moment since you wanted English to get a job and do nicely in your exams. So I put Chinese language apart for some time,” says Cheng who grew up in Hong Kong.
“After which at 45, I made a decision to take Chinese language calligraphy classes in Malaysia. And I immediately realised what I had missed for all these years. I used to be so regretful, and determined to be taught extra about my very own tradition, and attempt to promote my tradition each time I get an opportunity.”
Certainly, as homage to this, certainly one of Cheng’s works is predicated on historical oracle bone script, the oldest type of Chinese language writing. A lot of the works in her exhibition are stylised depictions of Chinese language characters and phrases, a few of them accompanied by illustrations of nature or landscapes.
Her favorite work is a calligraphic depiction of the Chinese language characters “wu wei” (“inaction”, referring to an idea of statecraft from Chinese language and Taoist philosophy), taken from Daodejing, the well-known e-book by Taoism founder Laotze. It is because it turned out fully totally different from what she anticipated.
“I attempted so many occasions, and I believed it wasn’t ok. I needed to surrender at one time, I had no feeling, no inspiration.
“However then I made a decision to make it extra fascinating. I believe I see two horses within the piece, taking part in freely. Now, once I ask folks about decoding this piece, they’ve totally different solutions, and I really feel more than happy,” Cheng laughs.
The opening of Cheng’s exhibition was well-attended, with artwork lovers turning up from so far as Seoul to see the works on show. Many followers of Cheng’s previous music additionally attended, asking their idol to autograph their previous information!
The exhibition finally raised over RM330,000 for charity. The exhibition additionally noticed the launch of the Korean model of Cheng’s e-book, My Trigger, My Music, a compilation of articles Cheng wrote for a Malaysian Chinese language every day from 2014 to 2016 detailing her work in artwork. This new Korean model now additionally consists of articles Cheng wrote for a Korean newspaper in 2018.
“I’m very excited. Additionally, the truth that I’m a Chinese language girl from Malaysia printing a e-book in Korean … I can’t assist however really feel happy with myself,” Cheng says.
Requested about future plans, Cheng says she had as soon as deliberate an artwork street present to go to Beijing, Hong Kong and different locations. Nonetheless, after holding three exhibitions (in Malaysia, Jeju Island in South Korea, and Taipei), she grew to become unwell from most cancers and took two years to get well. Now, she’s fired as much as restart these plans.
“I’m additionally planning my 70th 12 months exhibition. For eight years later! As a result of I need to do one thing extra artistic and fascinating, however I’m nonetheless not glad with my requirements. So I promised myself that in eight years, I’ve to do extra and get extra expertise.
“After I flip 70, I’ll hopefully be at one other stage. And I’ll undoubtedly do that in Malaysia,” Cheng says.
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