Curved Lines and Ambiguous Forms by Zelene Jiang

Zelene Jiang is a visual artist with a global perspective. She moved to Chicago from Beijing seven years ago, and her art mingles Western and Eastern elements. Some of those include Chinese calligraphy and a special fondness for contemporary classical music.

My work addresses the gestural flexibility of curved lines and ambiguous forms, and how textual and contextual issues mitigate perception.    

The legacy of the color field and abstract expression movements combines with an impulse to speak to the vulnerability and openness of human experiences. Very often, I use linear media, such as cotton thread and diluted acrylic paint, to create compositional imagery, through the varied materials also be taken metaphorically. I see them breathe, run, struggle, fly, interrupt and escape. In this sense, I have come to understand my work as a kind of internal portraiture, to transform the invisible workings of the mind.     

I am inspired by transitory scenes such as water flowing, air flitting, clouds hovering, flowers blooming. I want to infuse these deceivingly silent scenes with dynamics momentum.

Artwork by Zelene Jiang