Interview: Juanjuan Xing
Luca Curci talks with Juanjuan Xing during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2023, held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Juanjuan Xing is an artist and architect based in Milan, Italy whose practice draws on a unique amalgamation of drawing, architecture and illustration. Combining creativity with a high level of digital skill, Juanjuan creates visual narratives that represent her identity and emotions, making her artwork a poetic meditation on moments that extend between the physical and metaphysical worlds. By getting lost in the complexities of her drawings, one can discover new and hidden aspects of her temperament, at the same time embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Juanjuan Xing – I’m currently working on the illustration series called ‘the seed’, the three selected artworks for the Venice exhibition are also from this series.
LC – How much has the city/country in which you grew up/born affected your work as an
JX – Having been living in four cities in four different countries, I’ve learnt to embrace life as an adventurous journey and to always have an open mind and curiosity when jumping into uncharted territory. Although every new experience came with a breakdown of a part of myself, the reconstruction of that part had undeniably made me a more well-rounded human. This ongoing journey forces me to be constantly out of my comfort zone and those conflicts with the new provides me chances to question and reflect upon myself and that became an important driving force for me to paint.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
JX – Life! Yes, sounds cliché but that’s 100% true.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
How do you feel when you see your work completed?
JX – Painting for me is a very intuitive process. It always started with a subtle feeling within myself that I wasn’t able to figure out. I don’t usually talk about those feelings with people I’m close with, so painting becomes the way for me to find out the answer. The moment when I saw the color the lines and the story on the screen were in a way depicting what I was feeling, I would know the painting was finished and I would always come out of my imaginary utopia with a much better state of mind.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
JX – With the technological advancement and interconnectedness of the world, our future landscape could be increasingly complicated and diverse in today’s era. The theme of this exhibition invites the viewers and artists including myself to reflect upon this topic, specifically what defines a space (both physical and virtual) and what could be identified as an appropriate boundary for a space (or should there be one?). In those thought-provoking moments, we are encouraged to seek answers and find common ground towards a harmonious future.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the
JX – It was eye-opening and interesting to see artworks ranging from paintings with all kinds of media to photography sculpture and performing art. As for myself, I find this topic of future landscape very interesting, yet at the same time, I know it would become increasingly hard to find a common definition to it for mankind. Nonetheless, I believe there are always certain things in life that stay the same even with the passing of time. Those would be what define who we are as humans and hence shape the landscape we are in. They might be different at different places or at different times, but they all represent us in different phases.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
JX – Yes absolutely. It was a great experience to meet artists from very diverse backgrounds and to know the stories behind their artworks. And I hope there will be more to come in future.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JX – As an architect and an illustrator myself, I find ITSLIQUID a very interesting platform as it combines art and architecture brilliantly and it provides the possibility for artists and architects to come together to discuss topics in society and in the future world, which I believe could be of inspirations for both parties.