Hubei Mu­seum of Art dis­plays Chi­nese-lan­guage emo­jis

Changjiang Weekly - - CULTURE - By Feng Ai­hua

An ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled “Chi­nese Char­ac­ter — Art, De­sign and Rhyme” by artist Chen Nan kicked off at the Hubei Mu­seum of Art on Au­gust 31. The ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases Chen's de­sign works on Chi­nese char­ac­ters, as well as his ap­proaches to Chi­nese-char­ac­ter­based art de­signs.

Chen is an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of the Academy of Arts & De­sign at Ts­inghua Univer­sity. He has been ded­i­cated to artis­tic de­sign of an­cient Chi­nese char­ac­ters, specif­i­cally, the or­a­cle bone in­scrip­tions and Dongba char­ac­ters, for 19 years.

The ex­hi­bi­tion dis­plays his artis­tic de­signs along­side re­lated the­o­retic ex­pla­na­tions. It also cov­ers Chen's de­sign manuscripts and video ma­te­ri­als, al­low­ing vis­i­tors a peek at his con­cept of Chi­nese char­ac­ter de­signs.

The ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights a set of emoji de­signs on the or­a­cle bone in­scrip­tions. The emoji char­ac­ter "萌 cute)" for ex­am­ple, con­sists of an up­per part "艹" re­sem­bling a cat's ears, a mid­dle part "日" and "月" look­ing like big eyes, and a lower part sim­i­lar to a cat's claws. The three parts rep­re­sent a cute im­age of a cat, which is ex­actly what "萌" con­veys in mod­ern Chi­nese.

The free ex­hi­bi­tion will last un­til Oc­to­ber 28.

Fin­ished emoji de­signs

Or­a­cle bone in­scrip­tions

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