I learn about myself through examining my memories about my surroundings. 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. Incorporating general rules such as how light hits a wall, how a wall interrupts movement, how a movement is guided by interior structure, I try to make a painting as an architect tries to build a house. On the two-dimensional picture plane of my work, the visual interaction can be expanded to trigger an experience in which the viewer and myself both try to see, to figure out and to remember. This painting is on gallery wrapped canvas with white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Zihan Liang

Waltz and Teeth_01

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

20" h x 16" w x .5" d
1 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.”