Cai Jin

b. 1965, Anhui
Oil painter
Cai Jin graduated from the Art Department of Anhui Normal University (1986) and, from a specialization course in the Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1991). She was then hired as a professor in the Education Department of the Tianjin Art Academy, a position she still holds, after having spent several years in New York City.
Since the early 1990s, Cai Jin has been obsessively painting a single theme, entitled (Beauty) Banana Series (Meirenjiao). She traces her inspiration to the dried and contorted shapes of banana leaves, common to her native southern Anhui, which sag and curl around the trunks during winter. The supposedly vegetal matter referred to in the title is processed into a flesh-like substance, rotten and yet vital, which is then painted on soft surfaces such as mattresses, shoes, bicycle seats and cushions, suggesting the image of a wound that cannot heal. Alternatively, her disturbing compositions also suggest an experience of descending into the deep realms of the soul, offering graphic descriptions of unsuspected inner turbulence.
Cai Jin has often associated her work with painstaking and obsessive practices, similar to traditional feminine chores such as sewing or knitting, where the creative process, not the final product, is the goal. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions in China and overseas, including ‘Century-Woman’ in Beijing (Spring, 1998) and ‘Die Hälfte des Himmels’ [Half of the Sky] at the Frauenmusuem in Bonn, Germany (1998). She lives in Beijing and New York.
Dal Lago, Francesca (1999). ‘Embroidering with Paint’. In Off the Canvas (exhibition catalogue). Beijing: The Courtyard Gallery. [Reprinted in Wu Hong (ed.) (2001). Chinese Art at the Crossroads: Between Past and Future. Hong Kong: New Art Media.]
Wu, Hung (1999). ‘Rotten Red’. In idem, Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the 20th Century. Chicago: University of Chicago/David and Alfred Smart Museum, 83–7.
FRANCESCA DAL LAGO

Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cai Fu — Water Margin character Nickname Iron Arm (鐵臂膊) Rank 94th, Level Star (地平星) of the 72 Earthly Fiends Chief executioner of Liangshan Origin Prison warden and executioner Hometown …   Wikipedia

  • Cai Qing — (蔡庆) is a character in the Water Margin .Cai Qing was the younger brother of Cai Fu, and served as an executioner and jailer in Damingfu, Beijing with his brother. He had large eyes and thick brows, was a man of strong character, and loved to… …   Wikipedia

  • Cai Wenji — Ilustración de un poemario de poetisas de la dinastía Qing Nacimiento 177 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jin deui — Origin Alternative name(s) matuan, sesame ball Place of origin Chang an (now Xi an), Tang dynasty Ch …   Wikipedia

  • Jin Shengtan — (simplified Chinese: 金圣叹; traditional Chinese: 金聖嘆; pinyin: Jīn Shèngtàn; Wade–Giles: Chin Shêng t an) (1610?-7 August 1661), former name Jin Renrui (金人瑞), also known as Jin Kui (金喟), was a Chinese editor, writer and critic, who has been called… …   Wikipedia

  • Jin (Staat) — Jin (chinesisch 晉 / 晋 Jìn) war ein antiker chinesischer Staat vom 11. Jahrhundert v. Chr. bis 453/403 v. Chr.. Sein Territorium befand sich auf dem Gebiet der heutigen Provinz Shanxi. Er war in der Zeit der Frühlings und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jin Dajian — (金大坚) is a character in the Water Margin .Jin Dajian was a craftsman from Jizhou, and a good friend of Wu Yong. He was an excellent sculptor who could carve stone tablets, official seals etc. He was also good in martial arts as well and due to… …   Wikipedia

  • JIN PING MEI — Le Jin Ping Mei , roman fleuve de la fin du XVIe siècle, en cent chapitres, se range parmi la demi douzaine de chefs d’œuvre de la littérature romanesque chinoise en langue vernaculaire. Ouvrage anonyme auréolé d’une réputation pornographique,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cai (Staat) — Cai (chinesisch 蔡 Cài oder 蔡国 Càiguó) ist der Name eines antiken chinesischen Staates in der Zhou Zeit. Nachdem König Wu von Zhou (周武王) die Yin Dynastie (殷) zerstört hatte, gab er seinem jüngeren Bruder Shu Du 叔度 das Land Cai als… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jin Yunpeng — Jin Yunpeng. Jin Yunpeng Yunpeng Jin (chinois simplifié: 靳云鹏, chinois traditionnel 靳云鹏, pinyin: Jin Yunpeng) (né en 1877 à Jining, mort le 30 janvier 1951 à Tianjin) était un général et homme politique de l époque des Seigneurs de la… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.