Louise Zhang

Louise Zhang

    • Biography

      Louise Zhang 张露茜 (b.1991) is a Chinese-Australian multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Zhang explores the dynamics of aesthetics, contrasting the attractive and repulsive in order to navigate the senses of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness reflecting her identity. Her work is inspired by horror cinema, Chinese mythology and botany, adopting and placing symbols and motifs in compositions of harmonic dissonance.

    • Influences

      Zhang’s practice explores Chinese mythology – paintings, sculptures and scroll-like banners that incorporate demons, dismembered body parts and organs drawn from anatomy books – overlaid with illustrations of flowers, bones, scholar rocks and auspicious imagery presented in a sugary palette.

      The aim is to create a visual cacophony (a disjointed and disorientating mash-up of symbols and imagery), an attempt to in part reconcile and make sense of the fissures and contradictions that define her own identity. As a ‘third culture kid’ with a strict Chinese-Christian upbringing, engaging with or learning about the superstitions that form such an inherent part of Chinese mythology and culture was and, at times still is, understandably, discouraged.

      Likewise, her teenage love of western horror films and gothic subculture, and her art making practice in general, were derided by her Chinese-Christian community as being sources of anxiety and depression at the time. By researching and integrating these seemingly disparate sources of artistic inspiration into her works, Zhang documents her attempts at both constructing and deconstructing her own personal and cultural identity.

    • Awards

      2023 Ravenswood Womens Art Prize – Professional, Finalist, Sydney
      2022 Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Award ¬– Open Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
      2022 Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, NSW
      2021 Finalist, Callen Art Awards, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW
      2017 Finalist, NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Create NSW, Artspace, Sydney
      2016 Finalist, Fisher's Ghost Art Award ¬– Open Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
      2015 Winner, Fisher's Ghost Art Award – Sculpture category, Campbelltown Arts Centre,Sydney
      2015 Winner, Yen STAEDTLER Female Art Awards, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney
      2014 Finalist, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney
      Highly Commended, Kudos Emerging Artist & Designer Award, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
      2014 – 16 The Australian Postgraduate Award
      2013 The John Gage Award for Colour

    • Website

      https://www.louisezhang.com/

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    Louise Zhang

    Lucheng (one part of home)
    122 x 203 cm acrylic on canvas, custom frame coated in satin 2-pack paint