“Hand writing as a necessity of daily life is coming to an end. The physical movements required to write/ draw the signs of language with the hand are becoming a familiar other. The images/ elements of written systems have been freed to explore beyond the labor of translating the spoken word. This is a chaotic space returning us to the visible roots of human symbolic thinking and communication. I enjoy playing games with colour, positive and negative space, line and gesture in this lyrical world. My paintings do not emphasis logical/ procedural thinking however, rather they are impromptu games played with gestures echoing the internal forces of written sign systems.”

– Jiaxin Nong, 2018

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.

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