Chinese X Jewish cultures

Hebrew names in Chinese Songti Fonts

Songti (宋體) , a writing style derived from the China Song Dynasty , using woodblock techniques created to enable movable type. It has relatively thinner horizontal lines compared to vertical strokes. There are “triangles” at the end of each stroke. This is to compensate for any “tear and wear” that may occur during printing of that era.

These characters are created by rendering the alphabets of Hebrew names in Songti, and using the colour layers to indicate the spelling order of the word. For instance, the painting with purple background consists of two Hebrew letters, ב and ן, as ב covers part of ן, it spells בן. These paintings are dedicated to בנימין יצחק בן מאיר (Benjamin Isaac Ben Meir).

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Dimension: 30 x 30cm each

Year of Completion: 2020

© Carol Man 文頴恩 2014 – 2022