Ma Qiusha
You (Kaleidoscope no.2), 2013

  • Watercolor and Mixed media on Paper
  • 102 x 152,5 cm
  • Acquired in 2014

The Chinese artist Ma Qiusha studied Digital Media Arts at the CAFA in Beijing, and also studied Electronic Integrated Arts in the USA. She has at her disposal a wide range of differentiated pictorial media languages. Ma Qiusha’s most recent artwork – acquired by the Daimler Art Collection – appeals to personal memories and sensations. This explicitly includes the personal memories and sensations of the viewer. Even the title of the artwork – You (Kaleidoscope No. 2), 2013 – indicates its participation-related aspect. When one looks more closely, the subject matter of the artwork – a solidly linear, urban architecture that is reminiscent of Peter Halley’s paintings of abstract urban surfaces – becomes a surreal and dreamlike depiction. The artist is not concerned with real architectures; instead, her depictions are based upon indistinct memory images. To give form to these memory images, she works with reflective paper, which she cuts to size and sticks to a basic structure that is architectonic, and is painted in watercolors to create shimmering ‘window surfaces’. These window surfaces can be read as a lifeless, aesthetically perfected skin. One cannot imagine any human life existing behind this skin.

Ma Qiusha

* 1982 Beijing, CHN
Lives and works in Beijing, CHN
Ma Qiusha
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