This June, Artereal Gallery showcases a suite of fresh and recent paintings by Chinese-born, Melbourne-based artist Jiaxin Nong.
The creation of these new works marks a return within the artist’s practice to the idea of painting from a place of inner peace and tranquility. For Nong, the act of putting paintbrush to canvas is a meditative process and one that is intrinsically linked to the cultivation of the mind and spirit. For the artist, these paintings are “a reminder to remain true to my original aspirations as an artist and human being, and represent seeds for change”.
Paintings such as the obscurely titled “+” and “-” are an experiment which the artist has wanted to try out for a long time and test out in her practice. These particular artworks form an unofficial diptych or pairing, and represent polarising forces, opposites or duality. They depict the lightness and darkness that we experience on a day to day basis in life and the constant need to try and achieve balance.
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Known for her evocative and gestural abstract paintings, Jiaxin Nong’s ethereal paintings are abstract documentations of her personal experiences as she makes her way through the ever changing conditions and stages of life.
Defined by strong gestural mark making and a finely attuned sense of colour, Nong’s paintings, with their whimsical, oblique and poetic titles, act as outlets for the artist to express and explore her memories, feelings, thoughts and daydreams.
Like many other immigrants, the conflict of cultural awareness is an important factor influencing Jiaxin’s artistic practice. Her paintings are not only a conversation between Eastern and Western contemporary art concepts, methods, and techniques; but a response to the impact brought about by her lived experiences of moving countries and existing between two cultures.
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 primarily include drawing and painting, but she has also established a practice that spans 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.
Whimsical. Ethereal. Evocative.
Experience Jiaxin Nong.
Born in Guangzhou, China in 1988, Jiaxin Nong 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’s Degree from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. In 2019 Jiaxin Nong was invited to create a collection with ethical Australian fashion brand The Social Collective. Her work has been shown at Artereal Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Daine Singer Gallery in Melbourne and Sydney Contemporary. Jiaxin Nong is currently working and living in Melbourne.
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