In 2005 in the course of an artist's residency in Beijing I first encountered Chen Qingqing's work and knew immediately that this was an artist with whom I wanted to work. The multilayered nature of her practice, its delicate, refined aesthetic combined with a sense of acuity, a fearlessness in confronting uncomfortable truths about gender, history, the nature of violence & suffering, resonates powerfully with the concept of 'Intimate Transgressions'
Qingqing's artwork for the New York Exhibition is an exquisite pillow woven from plant fibres and packed in an old suitcase, a metaphor for the lives of women in war all over the world; a memory of home, love, normality when destruction lies all around and then penetrates within.
The image below, from Qingqing's solo show is that of a cradle, shimmering and tactile yet replete with disturbing organic growths.
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Review by Clare Pennington in Timeout Beijing
Comment by Fion Gunn