Jing Zhou: “Visual Meditations”


Artist State
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As a Chinese woman artist living in the Western world, I am aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. My understanding of Chinese philosophies has shaped my 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 my life. On the other hand, Western culture has inspired me and opened new ways of thinking.

Developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas, I create artworks for the stories and aesthetics of each image, and for making visible those concepts which reflect my personal experiences. I want my viewers to look at my images through magical windows into a deep secondary space.

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 me. At the core of my art-making is an attempt to attain moments of transcendence, to reach the artless-art, emptiness, and egolessness. My artistic creation is a process of deciphering my life journey.

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Biography

Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is a multimedia artist, designer, and Associate Professor in New Jersey, USA. Her award winning work has been widely shown and collected internationally including: Triennale Design Museum, Milan; British Computer Society, London; Asian Cultural Center, New York; SIGGRAPH Art Gallery; ISEA; CAA; Les Abattoirs Museum, France; Mons Memorial Museum, Belgium; Royal Institution of Australia; RE-NEW, Copenhagen; New York Hall of Science; Danish Poster Museum; GAMeC Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Italy; Athens Digital Art Festival, Greece;Taksim Republic Art Gallery, Istanbul; FILE, Sao Paulo; Visual Information Design Assn. of Korea; Goethe Institute Alexandria, Egypt; Hungarian Electrographic Art Assn., Budapest; Brown University; Grand Canyon National Park; PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Awards; International Photography Awards; public collection of the WRO Media Art Center, Poland; Waikato Museum, New Zealand; Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic; SDAI Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego; and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. Numerous books and magazines such as Photo Techniques, NMEDIAC, and Computer Graphics World have published her work. Jing is also a Gold Medal recipient of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, Gold Winner of the American Design Awards, Silver Winner of the Summit International Creative Awards, and Prize Winner of IFUW (GWI) Poster Competition in Geneva. Jing’s multimedia artwork explores our common humanity and reflects her interest in spiritual experiences, Eastern and Western art, literature, and philosophy. To Jing, creating art is a process of deciphering her life journey.

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Links

Jing Zhou Studio Homepage: http://www.jingzhoustudio.net/​​
Monmouth University Faculty Page: https://www.monmouth.edu/academics/art/faculty/zhou.asp

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