Selected works by Xiang Jing

Xiang Jing
Your Body


Colour paint on reinforced fibreglass

267.5 x 158.5 x 148.6 cm
Xiang Jing’s eerily life-like sculptures confront the viewer with a duplicitous engagement with outward appearance and inner psychology. Xiang’s works range from the larger than life to miniature; cast in bronze or polyurethane, they draw from a classical tradition and aesthetic to portray the experiences of contemporary women. Her works depicting teenagers clubbing, shopping, and primping offer a veneer of generic beauty, sparsely accessorised with synthetic looking props and latest fashion trends; their appearance of mundane innocence is contradicted through their expressions of violence, depression, and malaise.

In Your Body, Xiang presents a gigantic nude. Fabricated from painted fibreglass, the figure is unnerving in detail, her expertly faux finished skin radiating a sickly, waxen pallor. Shorn headed, and slumped on a simple wooden chair, her subjective doll-like presence reflects the epitome of emotional depletion. Towering over the viewer as a goddess-like effigy, her vacant gaze projects downward with oppressive force: her nakedness and vulnerability evoking a self-contemplative reflection of inadequacy, humility and emptiness.


Xiang jing

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.

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