Ming Ying (b.1995)Beijing, China

Lives and works in London, UK

Her paintings reflect feelings of alienation or marginalization which arise out of the fact that individuals find themselves distanced, more so now than ever, from their surroundings. The phenomena results in vulnerability, homogeneity and loneliness. With these concerns in mind, her works aim to depict and unpick these feelings.

Loneliness and desire not only affect her, a London-based foreign artist, but also have a strong impact on people of different races, cultures, and distinct social classes. In her practice, her references originate from people`s quotidian moments, colourful urbanism and flashy social scenes. By employing distorted strokes, passionate colour and different colour layers, she is able to establish romantic and psychedelic scenes that are based on the real world, implying a vision of desire. The characters` faces are often blurred by impasto paint which indicate their loss of identity in the loud environments in the pictures. No matter how bright and vivid the scenes are, the characters always present a sense of alienation.

The work attempts to create a dreamy scenario which toes the line between figuration and abstraction, forming a world which is parallel to, yet separated from reality. Through depicting the mundane and memorable moments of her characters’ lives, she materializes the existence of marginalization, alienation and homogeneity to ultimately create an opportunity for resonance or for enabling the viewers to find themselves within the paintings.

The style of expression or the language comes from a philosophic idea that all of conditioned existence is in a constant state of flux. The idea, in the eyes of eastern Buddhism, is called “Impermanence” or named as “Positive and Negative” by Taoism. Herakleitus supports the idea with a word ”Change”. In practice, flowing lines, shapes and tortile movements are used in all of the work to reflect the ideas, and furthermore, all changes are conditional and interdependent in relation to our inner thoughts. The work reminds and tells the viewer of what it is like to be affected in the process of rapid change.