Meet our artist Zhu Hong for the exhibition “Un Bref Moment d’Eblouissement” at the Maison de l’Erdre until 13 September 2023.
Zhu Hong moved to France to enrich her oil painting training in Shanghai at ENSA Dijon. The finesse of her works engages the eye to a heightened level of attention, inviting the viewer to make an effort to distinguish the figures. She questions the perception and meaning of images, focusing on the relationship of representation to temporality and immateriality.
She is actively engaged in the creation and publication of artist’s books such as Villa of Delights, Wing of Silence; her latest book 3M2 of light was published by Lienart, Paris in 2017.
Zhu Hong : capture then retranscribe.
She takes, by means of photography, reflections and light sources. Stains of light, halos, flashes, iridescence: when light meets water, the image diffracts. The elements can only be apprehended in the undulation of the shimmering surface of the water. After having selected several photographs, Zhu Hong comes patiently to make state of its glance not by the photography but from this one to go towards the drawing.
These are moments that Zhu Hong freezes on paper during long days after having captured them with a thousandth of a second with a camera.
The finesse of Zhu Hong’s works engages the eye to a heightened level of attention, inviting the viewer to make an effort to distinguish the figures. She questions the perception and meaning of images. Zhu Hong focuses on the relationship between representation and temporality and immateriality.
Patiently elaborated, these images are a praise to the passing of time.
And to light
If light usually reveals, here it conceals. It obliterates or plays the role of a watermark that we must activate. Latent image.
What Zhu Hong calls to perceive, it is not the light, nor the drawing, nor the painting, but the fleeting impression, the sensation of the tiny changes, the tenuousness of a vibration, an almost non-representable power.
Zhu Hong questions our perception: to what extent does what reaches our eyes differ from what is in front of us? Perception versus observation. To do this, she tests all the characteristics of the reflection. Reflected image and mirror image that would repeat in an opposite way and flat a real space. It is also a nuance that appears on the colored surface of the water and that varies according to the lighting. It is finally the light reflected by the water of the rivers, attenuated, exacerbated.
Museum of Art of Nantes, Museum of Fine Arts of Dijon, Museum of La Roche-sur-Yon, Museum Ziem, Château du Grand Jardin of Joinville, at the Art Center of Pontmain, at The Merchant House, in Amsterdam. Zhu Hong has participated in residencies in France and abroad (Pontmain, Pôle international de la Préhistoire, Schloβ Balmoral in Germany).