Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai held the opening ceremony of the current pavillon exhibition ‘Dunhuang Impression----Beyond the Sky’ on Aug 6th, 4pm. We invited Contemporary artist Jin MAO to bring her oil painting series ‘Square’ for the exhibition, which was inspired by the Dunhuang Caisson Patterns.
MoCA：Why did you choose the Dunhuang Caisson pattern designs as your inspiration for this series?
JinMao：The Dunhuang mural is the destination of ‘spiritual pilgrimage’ for many artists. I have had a genuine passion for this destination, and had the opportunity to admire the art in person on several occasions. In 2006, I began to study the artistic and graphic elements employed in the caisson designs of the Dunhuang grottoes. I never once imagined that I would able to apply these designs in my own creative work, but after some time those elements began to be naturally integrated in my works; I was ecstatic.
：What do you wish to convey through this series?
JinMao：If I can inspire a sense of pleasure, beauty, and humility within the audience through my work then I would be so flattered and exhilarated.
MoCA：What is a memorable moment during the creation of the ‘Square Series’?
JinMao：I received a lot of encouragement and support from my mentor at the early stages of this series.
MoCA：How are the works in the ‘Square Series’ different from or similar to the Caisson pattern designs at the Dunhuang grottoes?
JinMao：First of all, the two cannot be compared. I am merely learning from the Caisson patternsand the Dunhuang murals, and the ‘Square Series’ is derived from this learning process. I understand the ancient Dunhuang murals as the ‘light ofhope’ for many artists, myself included.
MoCA：Will you continue creating and learning about the relevant works of Dunhuang?
JinMao：Yes, of course. Dunhuang Mural will be the direction I keep learning all the time. And it will not be deliberately regarded as a creative element, is my pleasuer to keep learning from it.
Born in 1971, Xiangtan Hunan Province. Jin graduated from the Nanjing University of the Arts with a masters degree in oil painting in 2001. She now resides in Nanjing and lectures at the school of Journalism and Communication at NNU (Nanking Normal University). Some of her famous works are the 'Interior Series,' 'Humans Series,' 'Animal Series,''Square Series,' and the 'Tribute Series.'
2019 自白书与公开信 | 可一美术馆，中国南京
2017 同心艺术沙龙展 | 方山艺术营，中国南京
2016 无样：曹清·毛进绘画特展 | 山西博物院，中国山西
2012 绘画之中 | 大未来林舍画廊，中国北京；中国台湾
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