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MEI ZHAO

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Beautiful Dawn Kyeemagh V, 2022
acrylic on canvas and board
119 x 79 cm

Mei Zhang’s painting practice explores map-making and Western landscape traditions in response to current patterns of globalisation, the gig economy and hybrid cultures in relation to their impact in reshaping the local environment and the concept of place. Combining direct painting and drawing in the landscape with the Google Maps’ interface, she creates work using the methods of Chinese landscape painting and abstract expressionism in diverse media to envision the natural and cultural topography of Sydney landscape.

Mei’s works focuses on three Chinese market gardens in the Sydney region, in which local indigenous and colonial histories are intertwined with the physical characteristics of these marginal, low-lying, densely farmed zones in Sydney’s urban ecosystem. Inspired by the composite view of Google Maps that combines aerial and embodied perspectives, she transforms the geographic features of these gardens through mark-making consisting of poured paint and gestural brush-marks to develop an integrated mapped space of individual works arranged into a dynamic installation view. Through this process, she seeks to embrace a culturally diverse position of place within the expanded field of painting, in which landscape can express living memories while simultaneously embodying an artistic process of understanding the nuanced social and cultured landscape in which we live.

 

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Beautiful Dawn Kyeemagh V, 2022
acrylic on canvas and board
119 x 79 cm

Mei Zhang’s painting practice explores map-making and Western landscape traditions in response to current patterns of globalisation, the gig economy and hybrid cultures in relation to their impact in reshaping the local environment and the concept of place. Combining direct painting and drawing in the landscape with the Google Maps’ interface, she creates work using the methods of Chinese landscape painting and abstract expressionism in diverse media to envision the natural and cultural topography of Sydney landscape.

Mei’s works focuses on three Chinese market gardens in the Sydney region, in which local indigenous and colonial histories are intertwined with the physical characteristics of these marginal, low-lying, densely farmed zones in Sydney’s urban ecosystem. Inspired by the composite view of Google Maps that combines aerial and embodied perspectives, she transforms the geographic features of these gardens through mark-making consisting of poured paint and gestural brush-marks to develop an integrated mapped space of individual works arranged into a dynamic installation view. Through this process, she seeks to embrace a culturally diverse position of place within the expanded field of painting, in which landscape can express living memories while simultaneously embodying an artistic process of understanding the nuanced social and cultured landscape in which we live.

 

 

 

 

 

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