“After years of grappling with the multifaceted challenges posed by language and cultural barriers, my artistic journey has led me to a transformative juncture in my creative expression. Within this crucible, I have meticulously constructed a distinct painting language characterised by the utilisation of nebulous figures and the deliberate superimposition of images. This complex interplay gives birth to intricate compositions that serve to reconstruct and evoke imagery in a manner that transcends the confines of language and cultural context.
– Jiaxin Nong, 2023
Jiaxin Nong, born in Guangzhou, China in 1988, studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and immigrated to Australia in 2009. She graduated with a diploma of Visual Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2012, and received a bachelor degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Nong is currently working and living in Melbourne.
Like many other immigrants, the conflict of cultural awareness is an important factor influencing Jiaxin’s artistic practice. This is not only a conversation between Eastern and Western contemporary art concepts, methods, and techniques; but a response to the impact brought about by changes in lifestyle.
This has led Jiaxin to use various media in her work. Uneasy using only one artistic discipline to express herself accurately, Jiaxin moves between media as it is needed. Because life is always in flux, ideas are inherently shifting and evolving with it. Suitable tools are needed to achieve the specifics of each artistic expression. These tools include painting, sculpture, installation, sound, and photography.
Just as the mediums she uses are varied, her creative themes vary as she makes her way through the ever changing conditions and stages of life.