My mind confuses me of how I remember and how I feel about a place—a place that I can see and touch; a place that is in the past and a place that is in the very present. The place I am trying to remember is reconstructed as soon as I attempt to visualize it in a painting. I pick up pieces of new information and revisit my memory, going back and forth, to construct a place through painting and to do it justice. 

This painting is charcoal, conte crayon, graphite, ink, and gouache on paper.  It will require a frame for display.

- Zihan Liang

Slightly Open

Charcoal, conte crayon, graphite, ink, gouache on paper

Signed on back

36" h x 53" w 
3 lbs. 0 oz.



Zihan Liang
Dongguan, China

Getting to Know Zihan

Zihan Liang is currently pursuing her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a student, she has experienced a shift in her approach to painting, migrating from a representational style to a more abstract, conceptual frame of mind. Inspired by what she examines and experiences within her metropolitan surroundings, Zihan’s work is a combination of architectural subject matter and an abstract expressionist style. The energetic brushwork, color, and sense of discovery provide a strong sense of emotion in the work. The paintings have a raw enthusiasm combined with a sense of conflict that only a young artist’s work can channel. They capture the critical, defining point of transformation in an artist’s oeuvre, in the midst of experimentation and search for one’s aesthetic individuality. Zihan starts a painting by depicting a place that is significant to her, and then relies on her her memory and intuition to capture an atmospheric quality. As she puts it, “these spaces, forms and objects do not stand purely on their own, but are coated by my judgments.”