The snow and ice complex of the intangible cultural Heritage “Shou artist”

2022-05-15 0 By

A thick and soft clay turned into a lifelike rooster in a few seconds after being pinched, rubbed, rubbed and lifted with a bamboo knife.It is a pleasure to watch Zhang Zhongqiang, the representative inheritor of Beijing clay sculpture, demonstrate clay sculpture making.Decades of continuous training, so that he clay every movement is skilled and steady.In his hands, the clay seems to have a life, after making mud, making blank, coloring and other pure manual processes, all kinds of small items placed in his shop in Beijing’s Xicheng District Yangmei Zhuxi Street rabbit doll, visitors to and from.And he recently completed the “winter Olympics five tigers”, more to listen to his lecture children surprised again and again.This intention not only comes from the responsibility for the inheritance of the old craft, but also from his deeply buried ice and snow complex.Zhang zhongqiang, who was born in 1963 and was inspired by ice sports, is a Beijing native.In his childhood memories, the happiest than the winter snowball fights, skating car fragments.”There were 114 hutongs in Dashilan, each with dozens of courtyards.Before the snow stopped, hundreds of children were scrambling to have a snowball fight.”Home at night, these wet, frozen hands like carrots, crack out of the slender little naughty, I do not know how much parents scolded.When the wind blows the snow, the hard ground of Liulichang becomes a natural ice rink.With a bamboo blade as an ice skater and a horizontal board nailed on it, two hard sticks or chopsticks as an ice stick, families of children drove their own DIY ice carts to participate in the skating competition.”A heavy snow, ten days of happiness.”In those days, the rest of the land, only near the dashilan sale of four treasures of the study, ink, paper, inkstone, antiques liulichang has hardened ground.After winter snows, the hard ground becomes a playground for children in the hutong.”Recalling those years, Zhang Zhongqiang’s tone is full of nostalgia.A little older, the children’s winter footprint is no longer limited to Xuannan.In the early 1980s, when the family’s monthly salary was only 30 yuan, Zhang zhongqiang spent 40 yuan to buy his first pair of skates.Since then, in winter, qianhai, South China Sea, West Sea, Houhai, Shichahai, and even farther Bayi Lake have become a good place for him and his friends to skate and enjoy themselves.His most vivid childhood memory was the years of skating with his friends and the happiness he enjoyed.As time flies, the young man who was obsessed with skating in those days has been stained with frost and snow. The only thing that has not changed is his love for ice and snow sports.”I was really happy when I learned that the Winter Olympics would be held in Beijing and Zhangjiakou.Those who have tasted the joy of ice sports will understand what it means to bring 300 million people to participate in ice sports.”And the joy of the fantastic ideas, but also to bring him creative inspiration.He had an impulse to use the most familiar clay and the pen in his hand to create works that were in keeping with the Olympic spirit.People who have seen Zhang Zhongqiang’s works will have such feelings, because of pure handmade and painted, he made rabbit doll or naughty or lovely or dignified, each face is different.But one thing remains the same: even the rabbit’s long ears can be removed.This undoubtedly increased the difficulty of rabbit doll production, but he insisted on it, because “the traditional Rabbit doll is such”.Today, there are not many craftsmen like Zhang Zhongqiang who are still making Lord Rabbit doll.Old crafts need social recognition and affection if they are to be passed down.Doing rabbit doll for more than 20 years, Zhang Zhongqiang has been exploring how to turn traditional manual skills into a cultural symbol, so that more people understand and like Rabbit doll.Rather than a craftsman, Zhang zhongqiang prefers to call himself a “shou shou artist”.In addition to his own adherence, he also continues to teach this skill to more enthusiasts, hoping to carry forward the Beijing clay sculpture skill through his own efforts.With Beijing’s growing emphasis on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, Zhang Zhongqiang has taken on a new identity as an art teacher at Daxing Experimental School, Beijing’s Second Experimental Primary School, specializing in clay sculpture of Lord Rabbit.The craftsman, who once worked part-time as a street vendor, now has his own shop and occasionally takes Lord Rabbit to cultural exchanges.From the original amateur selling gadgets to now teaching, sales, display.Every day, Zhang zhongqiang thinks about how to pass on this skill and how to expand the influence of Beijing clay sculpture.”I look forward to young people joining the creative team to create the Beijing clay sculpture rabbit doll of this era.”Zhang Zhongqiang rabbit doll shop, in line with The Times more and more works.He also used clay clay to make a clay sculpture of skiing, referring to the Winter Olympics, and brought it to his art class.”I hope kids today can skate, roller skate and fall in love with snow and ice sports like we did when we were kids.”This year is the Year of the Tiger in China, and he combined the tiger’s shape with the colorful elements of the Olympic Games to create the “Five Tigers of the Winter Olympics”.After the completion of the works, Zhang Zhongqiang took them into the community, school display, very popular.”When we inherit and promote traditional culture, we also hope to integrate more modern elements and tell the story of traditional folk clay and colored sculptures well.”(Economic Daily reporter Yang Xuecong) Source: Economic Daily