Thank you for your wonderful mailart. How lucky I am to receive such a gift of fine art.
I wished to have an in-person conversation and gain increased understanding of what you sent me so I did the next best thing... I visited a local business, World Journal Bookstore-Detroit, located in Madison Heights, MI to discuss your mailart. Upon entering the store, Michael and his colleague were helpful and gave me translation/interpretation assistance.
Your drawing on rice paper of a traditional Chinese dancer in black ink with subtle tones of blue & green surrounding is very peaceful and enjoyable to look at. Michael explained to me that this style of dress dates back from the times of the Tang and Song Dynasties. I can see that you have a strong passion for keeping the traditions of China alive for many to enjoy.
Your postcard with traditional Chinese architecture is very serene. When I look at the photo it’s clear that there is harmony among the community/buildings and the waterways. Is one of these buildings your Working Room? You are lucky to live in such a peaceful place. Michael translated the postcard title as “Water Village Lake Country Collection Mail Exhibition”. His colleague helped me understand the writing on the back to be “Japan Artist Society an Exhibition of Ni JianMing’s work 1996-2004”.
He explained that the red stamp on the back of the envelope says “Within 100 years, to experience something directly is more important than to experience it indirectly.” In closing Michael let me know that one of the goals of World Journal Bookstore is to promote better understanding of Chinese culture. Your mailart and World Journal Bookstore have achieved that goal.
This is a beautiful work of art. (Wonderful stamps too!) You are a talented artist. I enjoy learning about the world through mailart. I feel like I took a trip to WuHu City and got a glimpse into life in China. Thanks again.
PS. I did the best I could to present your mailart. The colors in my photos/scans didn’t quite come out exactly as your original.