Cecile Chong Free Horse (in Blue), 2019 Encaustic and mixed media on wood 8 in (diameter) 20.3 cm
Breath of Blue includes several bodies of work by Chong―encaustics, works from her Strainger series, and new tapestries―all comprised of the color blue. This new body of work draws inspiration from blue and white Chinese porcelain ware, which was a much sought after export on the Maritime Silk Road from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The distinctive cobalt blue and white decorative porcelain, was collected, imitated, and mass-produced by other European countries. Chong is drawn to the way that this particular hue has such a rich and complicated cultural history and employs it as a thread throughout her work.