Mengxi Zhang is an artist living and working in London, UK. She graduated from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2012 and recently finished the Turps Studio Programme (2019-2021).
Recently her work has been shown at Tabula Rasa Gallery in ArtShenzhen and both Part One and Part Two of the exhibition Dreamlands at OHSH Projects in London.
Her practice uses painting to explore themes around the body and the psychic states we occupy. Her process lets the unknown unfold through experimentation and improvisation.
The paintings are open, unassuming, restless and energetic combined with awkwardness and ambiguity. The body is represented as how it feels to inhabit. The boundary between the interior and the exterior is blurred, the painting surface becomes skin, the body becomes landscape.
Mengxi Zhang’s experimental approach to mark making and colours is a visual translation of her experiences and perception of the world. The way she paints is fuelled by the tension between the contrasting pairings of transparency and opacity, control and impulse, order and chaos. Her work travels through the dialogue of bodily senses employing her own painting language that explores subjectivity and freedom outside of the patriarchal narrative.