Ye Hongxing’s new “Paradise”series of mixed media works of art is composed of brightly coloured sequins and glass beads, which create a mesmerizing blend of a myriad different elements including fantastical figures, religious imagery and tropical flora and fauna.
Ye Hongxing states that her work is a commentary on the swift development of China’s social system. She represents iconographic figures and religious symbols with kitsch material, a startling juxtaposition and unsettling contrast between the sacred and the profane, the respected elite and the trashy commercial.
These works represent a significant acceleration in Ye Hongxing’s career,
and are highly original both in content and execution. The subject matter of these collages includes mandalas, fictional landscapes, the natural world,
images drawn from contemporary media, and iconographic city scenes and political figures.
In her“Fusion” series Ye Hongxing combined traditional Chinese motifs, designs seen on antique silk & porcelain, superimposed on self-portraits and presented as a circular image; the result is a mystical sense of the fusion of history and tradition with self and the contemporary.
Ye Hongxing was born in 1972 in Guilin.
She graduated from the prestigious Central Fine Art Academy in Beijing in 1998. In 2004 she was selected by the curator of the Asian Art Museum in California and the director of Art Cologne as one of China’s top twenty rising artists. Ye Hongxing’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including China Art Museum, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing Museum of Contemporary Art, the 7th Annual Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations in Venice; Art Taipei in Taiwan, Art Cologne and Art Asia Miami.