Tingting Cheng activates cultural objects in different ways, using sound and sculpture as contemporary witchcraft to connect the audience and create a sense of ritual. She also brings this immersive landscape into different communities as a social practice. Her multi-dimensional works often mix natural, artificial, and folk material. By breaking the official narrative of culture, she learns how to imagine civilized relics from oriental modeling in a contemporary archaeological way. By collaging to create sculptural images and explore the ideology behind it, the cultural differences and fusions, the “Anthropocene fossils” with eerie images would emerge on the horizon of the new era.
Cheng Tingting lived and studied in Jingzhou and Guangzhou, both the birthplaces of the state of Chu, where the region’s unique understanding of religion and witchcraft shapes her research on cultural rituals. For the past five years, she has been working as a nomadic artist in fields of different places and participating in communities to understand how the forms of cultural objects flow and evolve. With the politics of international trade in the 21st century, for which a large number of trade history and overseas sinology books are available everywhere on the online shopping platform, she uses art as a potential space combining the poetic and political, generating new meanings to resist the control of official culture.