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.

Other Resources
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Xiang Jing
Xiang Jing was born in Beijing in 1968, China. She began her training in fine arts early, becoming a pupil (from 1984 to 1986) of the middle school attached to the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.
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.
Woman in the Mirror exhibition – Xiang Jing
Alternative works and images by Xiang Jing
Alternative works and images by Xiang Jing