MenLo is a gallery and studio center focused on young and emerging chinese contemporary artists in any medium and international ceramic artists working in non-traditional ways within classical formats.

the Private Studio @ MenLo is an equipped workspace available to exhibiting artists for up to 90days before their exhibition to make a body of work in Jingdezhen.

Ji Xiaotong - Mature Confusion. June - July 2018

                           


Artists Statement on the work

“Maturity has been signified in various ways across eras and cultures.  As such maturity includes multiple characteristic appearances. General maturity is most often displayed through the relationship between oneself and others and through their interaction with the world. Becoming mature is shifting from exclusive self interest to prioritizing more the collective. A person who has undergone this maturing process becomes objective, rational, and controllable. This is a process which alleviates the pull of emotion. Emotions, from birth, are an essential part of a human identity outside of maturity. The process of becoming mature puts the nature of being human and the desire to be rational into opposition and raises a question about how to keep the two states unified.

Color on the other hand always retains its original emotional character. That is the reason I am fascinated by color within photography. Nowadays colors are not only sourced from the physical world, but the digital one as well. In modern society we are surrounded by new colors and emotions, creating an ever more chaotic circumstance in which to grow up. Keeping aware of our inner selves on our path to maturity is more and more difficult. The 28 pieces of work in this exhibition aim to illustrate four periods of maturity through which we need to throw ourselves. Discovery, exploration, doubt, and at last acceptance are shown. Our bodies refresh themselves cellularly on a seven year cycle. As such I’ve represented each of these four periods with seven images. It’s a pleasure to exhibit this work at age 28, as a present for myself, with all of you as witness.”


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