Yan Zi’s arts has tendency to build a kind of solemn and quite atmosphere. although with in the works , they holds the seeds of multiple contradicted disturbance. like the absurd objects, ethereal landscape, memories of pain, salvation meditation, the desires of the flesh and spirit of trespass.
all of these contradicted elements unified in a harmony, come as one and being express with the Inconceivable gossamer like lines and colours. they are the depiction of the modern anxiety and yet the detoxication and the treatment of the anxiety.
her arts is far away from ideas and thoughts while close to the spiritual and images. therefore, it’s more correct to say her drawing shows the contemporary life which has already been though and filtered by the ancient culture, rather than just the modern contemporary life itself.
six dynasties is a strong core foundation of yanzi’s art；the metaphysical story,buddhism, poetry of landscape, calligraphy, and scholar during the six dynasties, has a richness of it. the elegant dispirited life styles; the foudness of seeking drugs, the dissolute relationships. and even the contrast between the dark times of the six dynasties and the glorious arts fee her with inspirations.
yanzi’s drawing unfold before one’s eyes of the over void materialization of this present age, as well as gives almost a mythic like sadness and slop.
in my opinion, the aesthetics of the six dynasties has influences on the existing of her contrary theory in her arts. it take one to have penetrate perception in order to viewing her works. it’s because, only when we are in between two contrasting worlds, two contrasting interest and hedging images, we can really feel the solemn and quite power.
santana once said “ Art is not consciousness per se, but rather its antidote — evolved from within consciousness itself.“
and yanzi says “ pain of the spiritual needs the spiritual comfort, and one of the antidote is the mountains ,the rivers, the lithe clouds and the breeze.
2014年 《THE REMEDY》个展在那不勒斯PAN当代博物馆举办；
2005年 《风 雅 颂》参加第二届北京国际双年展；
Zhang Yanzi was born in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.
She is a member of Chinese Artists Association.
Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Zhang got her MFAs in both Chinese Painting and Literature.
She is currently based in Beijing and she serves as the Editor-in-chief of CAFA ART INFO at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
2015 In March 2015, Zhang Yan Zi’s solo exhibition <The Remedy>was host by Galerie Ora-Ora in Art Basel Hong Kong;
2014 <THE REMEDY>: Solo Show of Zhang Yanzi at PAN, Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli;
2014 <Antares Sinks>in the west in the seventh lunar month, etc. include in group exhibition of female artists at the Hive Center for Contemporary Art;
2014 <Numbness>and <Itches>included in “Devotion to Ink”: Contemporary Ink Group Show at Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong 2014 Blooming Season and Solace of Art, solo show at Shanghai Reflex Art;
2014 “A Letter included in The Moment”: the First Public Exhibition in 5 Art ;
2014 <Herbage>, <Bloom>and <Withering>included in Private Kitchen: Salon of Female Artists at International Art Center of Manet Club·Art Museum of Manet Club;
2013 <The Remedy>was awarded the Best Artwork of 2013 Lu Xun Culture Awards ;
2013 <The Remedy>, solo show at Today Art Museum;
2013 <Qi> (Flow of Energy) included in The Grand Canal: Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia ;
2012 <Registration>included in Recurrence of Ink and Wash: 2000-2012 Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Invitation Exhibition;
2010 <Walk While Stepping on the Gauze> – Solo Exhibition of Zhang Yanzi, Shanghai Art Museum ;
2010 <Refreshing Breeze >included in Self Image: Woman Art in China (1920-2010), Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum;
2008 Solo Exhibition, France;
2007 <Walk While Stepping on the Gauze> in Jinling Painting Exhibition of One Hundred Chinese Artists with gold award;
2007 <Xiao Cui>, Lichang Cup the 5th Traditional Chinese Painting Exhibition sponsored by China Federation of Literature and Art Circles with gold award;
2005 Airs of the States, Courtly Songs, and Hymns, the 2nd Beijing International Art Biennale;
2004 <Red Rose and White Rose>, the 10th National Art Exhibition, bronze prize;
2004 <Slow, Slow Tune> the 10th National Art Exhibition;
Her works have been included in the collections of many art institutions, social organizations and private collections.
5 art: when did you start the explore journey from the traditional Chinese ink painting to the contemporary Chinese ink painting? And what’s the cause of the changing? YZ: It starts around 2006, when i begin to have doubt about myself,as well as have doubt of my original though of the orthodox of Chinese ink painting.
My teacher Liu Jin An has a huge influence on me. In 2006, i was in his MA class, where i started my three years painful study life. As i changing from a arrogant,ignorant self to becoming lost. Than slowing founding my own way to express.
5 art: The theme “Healing”has been your main focus up until now, however Healing to you it’s not a consolation, but more of a callous approach. could you talk about your understanding of “healing” ? YZ: i never really though about the idea of Healing. i properly care more about the “Pain”. It is said there is a kind of people that never have the sense of pain, to me i don’t think that’s something to be happy about. Can pain really be healed? many things have no absolute answers. some pain needs the next pain to cure. some pain needs the time to forget. some pain needs the narcosis to cover it, some pain needs hope to cure…
to me, i am more willing to face the pain, not running away from it. when you spill salt on the wound, it will cause the pain to a extreme, but it can also brings a sudden release.
5 art: wander between the form of drugs and medical device, you gain a ability of “redemption”, whether or not do you have an infatuation towards pain and it’s perception? if so what does the infatuation means to you? YZ: there’s no “redemption”, only confront. Facing these ice cold medical device, our flesh with tempareture seem so weak,so fragile.
5 art: when you first choose these items, what attracted you; when you view your own work now, what are they to you? YZ: did i choose them or they choose me ? insprition, is a sparkle in a long term search.
when i see my own works now, somethings i feel strange with them, even not believe i draw them. i think because the me as a painter and the me as a viewer are not in the same state.
5 art: Do you care if your works has enlighten the viewers understanding of “Healing”? YZ: i don’t might,it’s good as long as they have some feelings towards my art.
5 art: what do you think when viewers might directly connect your work with the ideas of treatment, cure or healing?
YZ: it doesn’t matter to me. i hope there will be various responds, that’s more fun.
5 art: In your explore, how do you connect the spirit of traditional Chinese ink painting with you as a living being cin the contemporary era?
YZ: there isn’t much explore, i am just a person who live at this time, and using the traditional method and material is just the way i wish to express. in this process, it is nature to have many clash and conflict happen and gradually create something new.
5 art: is there only yourself in your work? or something beyond yourself?
YZ: in creation is always oneself reasoning with oneself. constantly feeling unsatisfied with my works, then you adjust them, then you have something new. i won’t say it’s certainly a lift beyond myself, it’s just a process.
5 art: are you a contradicted person? if so is this contradiction of yours helps to achieve your work?
YZ: i am not a contradicted person.i think keep reflect on myself, keep examine myself will stop me standing still.