De Kunstenaars

"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1975 in China. Lives and works in Beijing.

Lin Hairong is a great admirer of ancient Chinese culture and attempts in her work to evoke a sense of contemplative calm. Many features in her paintings are reminiscent of traditional Chinese art, such as the precise and restrained detailing, the soft colors and the two dimensional figures. There are also echoes of the past in the heavily stylized poses that the artist chooses for her characters, usually positioning them against a unelaborated background that makes the whole scene suggestive of a still from traditional stage drama. Although constantly referencing the past, her works are unmistakably contemporary.