I explore our perception of external surroundings through reforming the structure of how we see and perceive.
I work with acrylic on wood and fabric, and through experimentation, have found an acrylic format that can be detached from backboard materials and hardened, facilitating linkages between installation materials and objects and allowing me to explore the intersection between two dimensional images and three dimensional installations. This helps me create connections between structures and images to encourage and challenge our perception of imagery. I adopt and contemporise the cavalier perspective of ancient Chinese visual representation of space and time. In doing so, the connections in my paintings link my exploration of our current cultural and visual experience and customs with ancient visual perspectives, whilst simultaneously connecting with the subject and thing in itself. This dual connection creates and associative relationships and order between things.
In using this approach, I encourage the viewer to travel from one image to another, from one time to another, and from one space to another. This process of seeing interacts with different spatial viewing logics and expectations. The connected images are the fragments of what we experience both through time and our understanding of the external environment.
Wang Ziling (born 1988) is a contemporary Chinese artist who lives and works in London.
She graduated with an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, and BA in painting at Academy of Art & Design from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Her work has won or been shortlisted in several art prizes, including Sunny Art Prize (2018), Beep Painting Prize (2018), Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2017), Solo Award (2016), the Lacey Contemporary art prize (2016). She has won the Premium Art Special Award from the Society Of Women Artist Exhibition (2016), awarded by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, and won the International Confederation of Art Critics Art Contest 4th Prize (2016). Her work also won the bronze prize at ‘Giant Cup’ Today National Art Students Awards at Beijing Today Art Museum (2010).
Ziling has also been involved with projects with museums and art organizations. She was an artist in residence at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art (2018), and her work was collected by the Today Art Museum in Beijing, China, and the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Greece.