Ziping Wang

“I was born in Shenyang, China. I always know what I want to be. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design few years ago with a BFA, now I am a MFA candidate in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute. I paint and collage unsettling gardens that reflect issues in modern society. The concept of gardening and cultivating comes from people’s desire of a piece of nature, but for the fear of the unknown wilderness, they want a more well-mannered version. Thus, gardens are synthetics nature: People trim the twigs, nurture the roots, and eliminate the weeds in order to contain nature in mild, manageable, and favorable conditions. These acts of maintenance parallel the conflicts and fears of alienation in modern society: stereotypes, social acceptance, and authority. I choose cheerfully colored children's toys, organic shapes, and common household objects as my painting subjects to curate a seemingly perfectly functional garden of collected objects. But beneath the harmonious surface, the unsettling, and underrepresented beings demand for audience's attention. Through my painting, I present the conflict between a carefully regulated homogeneous society and unrestrained desires of individuals while challenging the authority of social acceptance.”