Ming Ying

Ming Ying


“I intend to highlight the fleeting sense of speed in my memories.”

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Tell us about your background, where did you grow up and where did you study art?

I was born and grew up in Beijing. I finished my BA painting course at Wimbledon College of Art in 2018. Currently I am having my MA painting course at Royal College of Art.

Can you tell us about your approach to a new project? How do you find a starting point?

My new project is a continuation of my previous series. I have been exploring painting language and sense of "flowing" in my painting for two years, now it is the time to have a new turn so that I can promote my work to a new stage. I focus on more specific topic which can be related tightly to our life and society than before, adopting new skills and different composition in new work. I am trying to find and express common sense from people.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you or effected your work?

There are some artists whose words influenced my thinking of painting when we had the tutorials, like artist Jaime Gili and Steven Clydon. Jaime Gili told me that painting is a long process compared with other art forms, everyone's progress is different, change happens naturally, so just focus on my most enjoyable point to create. And Steven Clydon inspired me a lot when I felt quite puzzled about the direction of work. He let me to listen to my work's voice rather than think to many specific elements in work. He said that usually we decide what we express in the picture, but sometimes picture can tell us what we want even if the work is created unconsciously.

What is your artwork about? Tell us about your subject matter.

Time is horrible but fair to all life. However everything in life is connected by people’s memory. Blurred memories collide with reality in their mind, making people constantly meet with their past spiritually.

In my previous works, I elaborate my thoughts with the philosophy that everything keeps changing and interdependent in our world. At this new stage, I intend to highlight the fleeting sense of speed in my memories. Strong color contrast represents the collision of time and space, that is, the past and the present. The representation is more abstract than before which expresses the vague memories which come out from the fleeting phenomena in the movement of all things. In my recent works, I regard myself as a bystander, recalling all the experiences that have taken place in the past as if watching a movie fly through my mind, only vague fragments and emotional feelings are left. Although the picture is blurred in fast motion, the caught moments are eternal.

I try to wake up my experiences that happened in past fleeting years, weaving and blending the memorial fragments in my mind with strong feelings, so as to increase the breadth and load of my life time. I express above thoughts through painting and hope to arouse the resonance of my viewers. They could experience those vague, disappearing and fleeting fragments of memory in my works.

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How has your practice change over time?

In my previous work, although my work is usually created in different series, they all reflect the same artistic concept. In this process, a very personal painting style and artistic concept are what I am exploring. In the work I have been making since 2017, I combine Chinese philosophy with western ways of representation. One of the philosophical ideas from eastern Buddhism is that all things in the world are in a constant state of change and are interdependent. It is this theory that my ideas are based on and that is a source of inspiration in her painting.

Based on this theory, I developed the concept of "dynamism" which is reflected in a flowing way through my past work.However, I find that the dynamism can be reflected in other ways other than the flowing shape or technique. I adjust the angle of theory and adopt new technique and change the original content to reveal a completely new picture effect in my recent work.

Name some artists you're inspired by, and why?

Maria Lassnig and Dali influenced me a lot at the very beginning of exploring my painting’s style, after that Georgia O’Keefee became a very important artist for me to change and search for a new style which set me free. I was profoundly impressed by her way of painting description, the lines and waves in her works impel me to develop my idea and practice my theory of painting. Meanwhile, Alexander Calder’s conception of moving and dynamic feeing out of artworks which support me to combine my ideology and pure painting language together.

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Tell us about your studio and your routine?

I will start a series of semi-abstract work. While adjusting the concepts behind my works, I will also connect the picture effect and the concept more tightly. In my studio, I keep the work from different period so that I can see my own process of work quite clearly. In some cases, I can dig more from my previous work.

Do you have any news, projects or shows coming up?

I will join the Beijing Art Fair this year. In this summer, my work will be exhibited in Katonah Museum of Art in New York and Republic of Korea Parliament in Seoul.

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