b. 1991 Guangzhou, China

Cindy’s work is defined by an experimental approach to capture the spontaneous moments of joy in daily life. Traveling to China in 2018, her work has changed greatly. Belonging to neither eastern or western traditions but rather somewhere in between, her paintings capture a hybrid, and often conflicted perspective and a questioning of her dual cultural identities. She brings site-specific resources, found materials, newspapers, and elements of Chinese language into her work. In her series, “Woman as Flower,” Chinese stamps and paper-cuts are collaged onto large gestural strokes. Her abstract, process-oriented work speaks to experiences collected along a personal journey. She celebrates ephemeral moments of daily life in a field of visual incidents. Jian received her BFA and MA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and continued her studies in painting at Columbia University.