Guan Jingjing: Painting for Stimulation

Guan Jingjing, Remnant Mountain, 12-13, 2012, tempera on canvas, 50 x 50 cm (© G
Guan Jingjing, Remnant Mountain, 12-13, 2012, tempera on canvas, 50 x 50 cm (© Guan Jingjing)

Dr. Janet McKenzie reviews the recent exhibition Painting for Stimulation: Guan Jingjing at Today Art Museum, Beijing.

McKenzine writes: "In each work, [Jingjing] confronts a metaphysical void; in each, the mental preparation for the work is often significantly longer than the time required to complete the actual work. She pays homage to the long classical tradition in Chinese culture of painting and poetry, both of which are underpinned by calligraphy. Calligraphy informs the very physicality of each painted gesture: her images are often created as if by a form of repetitive writing, which allude to time and space."