Pictograms are a form of writing with pictures. Early cave drawings, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Chinese calligraphy are based on picture symbols. In this work, Hom included invented symbols and the Chinese character for “center” (middle row, left), also used for the word “China” (Jung Guo or “center country”).
She created the symbols to express her experience in American schools, where she had little opportunity to explore her heritage. Hom states, “my American education taught me Latin, French, and Spanish before I sought out Chinese-language classes in college.” These images, wrapped with strands of various textures, reflect her quest to weave the threads of her heritage with her own unique persona.
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Mei-ling Hom, an artist based in Philadelphia, was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a BA from Kirkland College in New York and an MFA in Sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
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