A Full Exploitations of a Failed Attempt, a Painting that is Gone, Alice Yutong Hua, Painting ’23

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    About 40x120x200 inches

    Oil on panel, cloth, ice (snow), Inkjet printing on canvas, pigmented plaster, table, cushion wrapped in burlap, soft box light

    Snow, Grass, Soil
    Soil, Grass, Snow
    Painting as a failure
    Failure preserved in plaster
    Plaster decorated, put onto “altar”

    Process Detail: An erased panel painting cast into a piece of layered plaster with the rugs containing all the colors once on the painting surface.
    Then the artist took it outside, put and pressed it onto a piece of grass field, carried the panel and some snow back to her studio. The snow slowly melted and left two patches of faint brown watermark.
    *The scanned image of the painting is placed behind the actual piece that is now covered and preserved in plaster.

    At the time she started her art practice, Hua found herself deeply influenced by the observation, experience, expression, and aesthetic preferences from fictional literature and ancient Chinese poetry. She often explores contrary ideas simultaneously like nature and artificiality, randomness and embodiment, organization, and entropy. Her practice now evolves into gathering theoretical or experiential fragments from personal life, nature, and physical process and expends them into painting, sculpture, photography, and installation.
    Born in Shanghai, Hua finished high school in Canada, earned a BA majoring in fine art, and minoring in chemistry and music from Colby College in Maine. She then moved to Chicago and studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for one year. After a few years of relocating and searching, she currently is an MFA painting candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She now lives and works in China, Canada, and the US.


    IG: @aliceyutonghua