Shoran Jiang was born in 1982 in Tianjin and in 2005 she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Department of Oriental Art, Nankai University, two years later she got her first master degree of Oriental Art in Nankai University. After that, she came to London and studied and gained another master degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design of University of the Arts London. Now, she lives and works in London.
As for Shoran Jiang, every piece of her artworks is inspired from her experience of life.
Same as that of the traditional Chinese thinking, the emphasis of Chinese painting is on the belief that moderation is the balance, not in pursuit of excessiveness. The characteristic of steadiness similar to the long-lasting flowing stream water acquires Chinese painting a quieter quality. This is the education of painting that Shoran has received in China. Since Shoran settles down in London, life and emotional changes has to some extent stimulated her creation of arts. Her past painting experience of blindly seeking moderation has come cross great changes at this time. She puts her life experience into her artworks.
In China, she was given academic education of Chinese traditional techniques, painting compositions and aesthetics. However London has opened up her vision. She has also been influenced by western female artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Leonor Fini and Tracy Emin. These women artists create artworks with profound personal will and life experience. The way they are not intent to follow the rules to express themselves has greatly affected Shoran.
Then she chooses the women’s perspective, the theme of suicide, for further studies and experiments. Western critics commented, “ If Shoran’s works are only viewed from the origin of the oriental culture, there will be a foreseeable mistake to derive a narrative conclusion. The way and the sophistication she reveals to us is somewhere else, some other world, or rather an entire world.” In my opinion, “the somewhere else, the some other world” Shoran is revealing is her inner world, her actual experience towards the cruelty of life, the experience that women in the world have in common.
在中國，她所接受的是中國傳統的技法、繪畫構圖和審美美學的學院教育。而到了倫敦之後，她的眼界打開了，她也受到了西方如弗里達·卡羅（Frida Kahlo）、 萊昂諾爾·菲尼（Leonor Fini）和崔西·艾敏（Tracy Emin）這些女性藝術家的影響。這些女性藝術家的作品具有強烈的個人意志與生活體驗，她們的不按規則出牌的表達方式深深觸動了嘯然。
CONCEPTS AND OUTCOMES
The foremost importance of contemporary art is concept. Among the concepts that are being experimented by various contemporary artists, some probably will become more and more prominent in the course of history, whilst some will likely be forgotten as guinea pigs. The artists having been remembered seem to be avant-garde, even not being accepted by the general public at the time. But it is exactly their bold and advanced concepts that make their works more and more valuable along with the time passing by.
For the present creation, Shoran has been through in-depth thinking, and at the same time she has come cross some changes. Her concepts are seen bold or advanced. She acknowledges that improvement of her works remains needed, and she has a long way ahead. Ten years of learning and experience on the way of pursuing arts has made Shoran become more modest and prudent. She does not expect her artworks would be accepted by the general public. Now she is concentrating on her own creativity, on accumulating experience, cultivating and improving her concepts and skills.
Shoran has the advantage of her learning and understanding of Chinese culture, and in the meantime, she receives the influence of Western arts. The works she creates while being in London lie in a high standard level, as they are the outcomes based on the world excellence of arts, and the combinations of the creativity out of Chinese and Western cultural thinking. Of Shoran’s works, Chinese and western art critics hold their own different interpretations, but enormous compliments are paid on the material, form, content and concept that are being applied. Chinese art critics commented, “While containing the Eastern and Western concepts, it is such a broad viewpoint and tender empowerment to stand from the point of female suicide for further experiments and studies”. And western critics expressed, “This form of artworks is marvellous. No one could ever foresee what kind of greater dimension and in-dept thinking this theme is going to lead Shoran to in the future. ”
Indeed, where will Shoran’s concept of theme in life, living, humanity, and pain bring her to in the course of her art creation in the future? When she becomes more and more mature in her pursuit of art, what kind of vast space will her thoughts and exploration of the theme lead her to? Let us be patient and look forward to it.