Perhaps the most striking aspect of Xiang Jing's sculptures is their expressiveness. They are wistful, critical, languorous, reflective, melancholic - they encompass and embody virtually every human emotion.
Xiang's value lies not only in her uncanny ability to replicate the facial movements, the gestures, the physical tick that accompany a particular psychological mood, but also in her capacity to augment these psychological states by ingenious props - a cushion and a bright blue bow for a coquettish girl, a tall skinny stood upon which to crouch for a satirically reflective woman smoking on a long, skinny cigarette.
In addition to props, Xiang pays meticulous attention to the materials she uses and the ensuing surfaces.
The smooth, waxy surfaces of the resin and the dark, almost monochromatic colours used to treat the pieces create a nostalgic element that Xiang emplys to her advantage. The bronze Xiang also employs creates a harder, more dramatic aesthetic that the artist explits accordingly. One might suspect that the artist leaves nothing to chance yet she does not forget to imbue her sculptures with a definite tongue-in-cheek mischievousness and disarming spontaneity.Read the entire article hereSource: