Hunsand Space (Hangzhou) is honored to present the latest works of the artist Zhu Xun. This exhibition primarily showcases her creative endeavors over the past two years, which subtly embody a significant transformation.
Over the past few years, Zhu Xun's painting content has gradually shifted from her previous abstract collages to the depiction of natural landscapes. However, the concept of 'nature' she presents transcends mere realism; it undergoes metamorphosis and reconstruction, giving rise to a profoundly subjective and surreal realm. In this context, plants and landscapes serve as reflections of the artist's inner world, where scenes exist both within her mind and before the viewer's eyes. What the eye perceives materializes as a tapestry of emotions. Much like the tradition of classical Chinese landscape painting, natural vistas are transmuted into the language of brush and ink, inviting the viewer to merge seamlessly with the art.
Yet, in her new works unveiled within this exhibition, Zhu Xun undergoes a transformative shift, assuming dual roles as both observer and observed. She paints what unfolds before her eyes, yet simultaneously steps into the canvas as its subject. Consequently, the subjectivity within the portrayed landscapes undergoes a profound metamorphosis and intensification. This is most conspicuous when eyes and human forms meld into the contours of foliage and mountains, causing the scenery to sway and dance as if imbued with human spirit. In this light, humanity and landscapes cease to exist in separate realms; they cultivate a relationship of mutual observation and locked gazes—you are observing it, and it is observing you. It becomes the vessel for emotions, a self-contained entity with its own vitality. Even in moments of disregard, it is the landscape observing you, not you merely gazing at the scenery. Consequently, within this process of 'self' reflection, human consciousness fortifies while simultaneously confronting an inevitable departure, all due to the anthropomorphism of the landscape.
Frequently, we strive to forge new realms, but what becomes of these endeavors from the perspective of those under scrutiny and imagination?
Zhu Xun,born in Sichuan, Chengdu, in 1989. Zhu Xun graduated from the University of International Business and Economics in 2014. She now works and lives in Beijing.
In Zhu Xun's works, plants undergo deformation, deconstruction, and reshaping, transitioning from traditional landscapes or still life to become the protagonists of a pictorial narrative. Real-world objects leap into a fantastical dream world: oversized flowers and trees that move and leap as if propelled by inner energy; unidentified spirits concealed in silence, beckoning you into the depths of the unknown. The spirituality inherent in everything awakens the light of our consciousness, evoking memories of a time in our lives or cultural history.