Kuan Ching Mediha Ting uses images boldly and vivaciously to search for an identity, stretch across cultural boundaries, and express memories and emotions.
Ting’s paintings create an overpowering sense of the sublime. The paintings investigate dualities such as consumerism and spirituality, earthly attachment and enlightenment, pop culture and tradition, and multiculturalism. These dualities are emphasized on the surface of the painting and within the context of the image, which is often fragmented, manipulated, reconnected and layered.
With a background from China and Taiwan, and having experienced life in Belgium, North America and now London, Ting’s diverse cultural heritage reveals itself in her work with the use of ink and Chinese calligraphy, combined with Western motifs referencing and in turn expressing a visual and personal tension. The conscious and sub-conscious are simultaneously hidden and revealed by layers of images and text, whilst the intense colour palette, drawn from urban nightscapes, hint at a darker consciousness.