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Jing Qin
Soft Kernel




Having grown up in the Henan province of China, Jing Qin embeds subtle signifiers of cultural collision in her figurative paintings—here a folding screen, there a tiger figurine. Elements of pattern, landscape, and foliage seem to pay homage to Qin’s childhood.

Symbols of Qin’s identity as a Tennessean exist here too—there are symbols of the southern United States, such as the Flannery O’Connor novel strewn nearby an array of busts painted in varied levels of abstraction.

It is through these cultural clues that Qin establishes context—an atmosphere in which her surreal, disjointed narratives take place.



Subjects of ambiguous gender and ethnicity seem to populate the unconscious space of Qin’s canvas, which she fittingly dubbed “non-logical space.” These characters become actors in ambiguous dramas culled from Qin’s dreams and fantasies, which manage to be both mundane and mysterious. Each piece is charged with a palpable tension; the viewer becomes immersed in the dream as they try to pin down a narrative—and are left with more questions than answers.

January 23 - February 27, 2020


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