Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and Associate Professor in New Jersey, USA. Her award winning work, from digital print to animation, from visual design to interactive project, has been widely shown and collected internationally.
As a Chinese woman artist living in the Western world, Jing Zhou is aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. Her understanding of Chinese philosophies has shaped her thinking and conduct. The prudent and contrary-minded Taoist beliefs, the attached-to-the-earth reality of Confucianism, and the sudden enlightenment and intuitive insights of Zen are the foundation of her life. On the other hand, Western culture has inspired her and opened new ways of thinking.
Developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas, she creates artworks for the stories and aesthetics of each image, and for making visible those concepts which reflect her personal experiences. She wants her viewers to look at her images through magical windows into deep secondary spaces.
She describes her work as “Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, my artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and my inner voyage. Creating artwork required me to realize my nature, re-study my culture, and adapt new thinking, which resulted in a new perspective on life. It has also challenged me to constantly solve visual problems, learn new techniques, and explore the splendid human heritage. My images form a visual communication that interacts in several collective dialogues. These dialogues are between eternity and transience, oneness and variety, existence and emptiness”.
Beyond various techniques and conceptions, the process of creating and making art has enchanted her. At the core of her art-making is an attempt to attain moments of transcendence, to reach the artless-art, emptiness, and egolessness. She feels “My artistic creation is a process of deciphering my life journey”.
© Jing Zhou, Infinity
© Jing Zhou, Randomness
© Jing Zhou, Impersonality
© Jing Zhou, Wholeness