'I present the conflict between a carefully regulated homogeneous society and unrestrained desires of individuals.'
Ziping Wang was born in 1995 in Shenyang, China. Her current, distinctly colour-saturated work seeks to highlight the sensation of childhood memory by depicting highly abstracted forms of children’s food, toys and other objects.
Ziping Wang in her studio, 2020
Ziping looks to uncover the inevitable links that lie between memory and present notions of identity - how do our memories of the past inform the idea we have of ourselves? As she now lives and works in New York, the work also grapples with the concept of transcultural identity over time - how do our memories of childhood in one place inform our present day actions in another?
Ziping previously graduated from Rhode Island school of Design before completing her MFA degree at Pratt Institute. She was selected as the first place for juried exhibition with Archway Gallery in Houston, and has exhibited with Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York, Gallery LVS in Seoul, Korea, and Gessoisland Artspace in Shenyang, China.
“As a painter, I’m interested in the elusive nature of modified reality. I use my paintings to document these modifications. In technologically advanced societies, our experiences of the world are under constant invasion from brightly colored advertisements, pop up window browsers and catchy slogans, all designed to be distracting. The constant overload of information generates anxiety, which is further enhanced by the ambiguity between the reality and the world this information aims to construct, especially through highly personalized curation. Unashamedly ubiquitous, this intangible algorithm-based curation is capable of producing a constructed reality so uncannily similar to our own, to tell the difference requires a constant upkeep of skepticism. The act of modification functions like a field of action where the traces of editing are grotesquely present, and the before and after images are intriguingly intertwined together. By documenting the editing process through the use of digitally manipulated imagery, and revealing and concealing different planes of images and pop culture symbols, I capture the anxiety and emotional exhaustion that result from the information overload and my skepticism towards constructed reality.” - Ziping Wang