Art Series: Chī Le Ma? (Have You Eaten?)

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Do you enjoy food? Whether you’re passionate about cooking in your own kitchen or simply enjoy the taste of mouth-watering dishes at your favorite restaurant, I’ll wager you probably have fond memories of food dishes that surprised and delighted you.

Right now, you might allow your mind to wander back and linger upon some of your favorite flavors, textures, and tastes of food special to your personal experience. 

You might think of food from different countries that you enjoyed, and how you were surprised and delighted by encountering startling new flavors. You’re palate had expanded. You now have a greater range of enjoyment for the flavors of life. 

In China, the phrase “Chī le ma?” is often used as a greeting like, “How are you?” in America or “Buon giorno,” in Italy. It’s a common way for greeting a friend whom you’re fond of: “Have You Eaten?”

“Within the paintings of this series, Chi le ma? (Have You Eaten?), I invite you into my kitchen to enjoy cooking Mandarin Fish  together; to taste for the first time Snow Fish in Shanghai; and to relax with me enjoying Tongba (Nepalese millet beer) in Kathmandu.”

Dave Alber creates Travel Art and Travel Writing. His Travel Art shares an experience of wonder at our cultural continuity and universal humanity. His recent Travel Art exhibitions INTIMATIONS and Ravages of Time & Permanence of Wonder are in Kunshan and Suzhou, China respectively. Dave’s comic art and illustrations have appeared recently in That’s ShanghaiSuzhou ReviewShaving in the Dark, Open Magazine, and Nepali Renaissance. His comic “Bedding Shanghai” was featured in the Shanghai International Literary Festival. You can receive Dave’s art book Dave Alber: Travel Art: 2018 Part 1: Intimations for free at Dave’s longer Bio and Artist Statement is here.

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