LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE
感悟與經驗


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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.

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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.

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對於姜嘯然來,每一幅作品都是她對於生活生命的體悟。

中國畫如同中國傳統的思想一樣,講究的是中庸是平衡,它所追求的不是刺激。這種如細水長流的質感,使得中國畫具有更安靜的特質。而這些,正是姜嘯然在中國所接受的繪畫教育。在來到倫敦之後,生活的變化,情感的變故,從某種程度上刺激了她的作品。她原來那些一味求平和的繪畫經驗,在這個時候發生了很大的變化。她把對於生活的體驗加進了自己的作品當中。

 

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。

於是,她選擇了女性這一視角,選擇了自殺這一主題,深入挖掘。西方評論家如是這裡有一個可被預見的錯誤,就是如果單從東方文化的起源,來看待嘯然的作品,而得出一個敘事性的結論。她展現給我們的,那種方式,那種詳盡,是別的地方,別的世界,或者是全世界。在筆者看來,嘯然所展現的別的地方,別的世界正是她的心世界,正是她對於殘酷生活真真實實的體驗,而這種體驗亦可是全世界共有的女人的體悟。

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