Colorful Yet Twisted Reality
The unusual art of Wang Aiying. Her work is a reflection of “[...] the environment in China today. Because of the rapid expansion of cities, countless workers from the countryside pile into the urban areas, creating overcrowded and unregulated conditions. Seeing this non-beautiful visual effect, I traitorously use unconventional material to express the special dynamic on the workers’ faces. Vivid colors squeezed into each other and interknit with the figurative shapes, anatomizing the red nerves and intense muscles. They are twisted and ugly,” notes by Aiying. 
Notes about the artist (from article “Wang Aiying” published at Art Scene China):
Painting for Wang Ai Ying is an adventure in which intuition is her guidance. She employs her paint in a manner that is untamed and unpredictable – each line finding its own path. The array of dazzling colours is layered and intertwined creating faces and objects that appear wild and distorted. There is something rather grotesque, even monstrous, about the figures in her paintings. Wang portrays close-ups of her subjects, often with only part of the face and body fitting onto the canvas, making her work all the more intense and concentrated. And as if she wishes to gets to the core of the human, to reach beyond what is obvious, Wang appears not to paint the surface skin of the body/face but rather the flesh behind it with its bloody colours and raw textures. The result is at once beautiful, disturbing and powerful.
Wang’s work is courageous and bold, crying out for attention and demanding judgment. Wang’s creativity is not affected by what people make of her work, and she thrives on the risks she takes. The artist has even used unconventional media in her work – one time she used spoiled soy sauce and paint! Undoubtedly, Wang’s paintings are an acquired taste but what no one can deny is the passion that oozes from each painting and the conviction this artist has in her own creative spirit.
1. "Wang Aiying." Art Scene China. Retrieved on September 1st, 2011. Images courtesy New Chinese Art. Artwork © Wang Aiying. Link via Beautiful Decay