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The Antevasin series consists of two large-scale paintings – ‘Vanishing Border’ and ‘Border Line’ – that together balance abstraction with figuration and combine accidental details with control, in order to create an overpower sense of the sublime.  The series investigates oppositional elements by juxtaposing consumerism with spirituality, earthly attachment with enlightenment and pop culture with tradition and multiculturalism.  Images from different layers verge between the conscious and the sub-conscious, and serve to both construct and deconstruct the perception of our inherited cultural ideology.  These multi-layered paintings are saturated with references and intriguing details, which combine to create an overall aesthetic of fragmentation.  By encompassing political elements, current affairs, pop culture, and religion, these paintings create a strong vision, capturing the everyday – from the mundane, to the major historical moment.

Over the years Ting has developed a technique that allows different images, marks and materials to intervene, and fragmentation and distortion to occur, while all the white ensuring that every layer remains visible to the viewer.  Chance and accident play a key role in her works, as she toys with the unconscious and encourages seemingly unrelated images from newspapers, and translates them into drawings before transferring them onto the canvas.  As such, familiar fairy tale characters and super heroes can be seen to act out familiar war scenes from current and historical moments.  Over 100 figures lie dormant in each painting, including a man from Vietnam War being executed with a gun to his head at point blank range.  While the works are highly conceptual, they also yield strong emotion.

In each painting, a layer of Chinese writing written with Chinese ink, has been super imposed onto the canvas, distorted by excessive dripping.  The chosen writings have particular meaning to the artist as they are taken from articles written by her grandfather about different ways to live, and the end of world.  The bold and intense fluorescent colours serve as an initial distraction, luring the viewers in, but on closer inspection, a darker consciousness can be seen to lie beneath, between the 30 layers of transparent overlap. A trove of images and hidden meanings- unique to each viewer – waits to be unearthed.

Border Line

 Acrylic and mixed media

198 x 354 cm (2011)

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