Jing X Hu
Graduated from Central Saint Martins(MA) and School of the Art Institute of Chicago(BFA), Jing HU is an artist who examines ideas around flux, history, heritage and urban-‐life with aesthetic codes as markers of identity and aspirations. Drawing inspiration from Peranakan and Chinese design, Hu uses her canvas as a visual journal depicting disparate elements in her life inspired by specific people and places. She is currently an Associate Professor in art and has just been awarded the top prize “Most Promising Artist of the Year” in the Emerging Artists Category of 2018 UOB Painting of the Year Art Prize.
In the modern society, people are constantly moving and traveling, resulting in hybrid identities, blurred cultural borders and confusing social contexts. How does one negotiate the ever more confusing realities of contemporary life between past spatial : and new geographical locations? What is identity? Does it change as one travels?
The work of Hu covers many media, mainly painting and installations. Hu extrapolates bits of architecture and history from her itinerant experience to create synthetic worlds that shatter into numerous pictures and stories. In the process, some lost memories would need to be manufactured. In some small way, she feels as though she is becoming empowered to re-imagine these gaps, rather than to simply record it.
Her paintings represent imaginary landscapes that mirror and document a perception of her real life environment. In doing so, she is also hoping to speak more broadly to the lost social and cultural information for generations of Chinese who has been spending most of their life drifting abroad.