Collage and cut-outs: Ina Jang shares her studio experiments


Published as part of the featured project

Radiator Theatre by Ina Jang

Ina Jang’s work constellates dreamy pastel sketches and paintings, which she cuts into plump shapes and ambiguous forms. The artist brings a very literal meaning to the term “visual language”, treating imagery as an instrument to articulate moods and feelings when words fail. Here she shares a handful of images from her ongoing project Radiator Theatre, revealing the midway point of her collage creations.

Photography is a language that enriches the vocabulary of any spoken language. Today, more so than ever, we are witnessing a tremendous surge in image production but we are unable to digest it all. I believe visual communication gives room for viewers to draw their own interpretations.

The images here are painted shapes that I made during a recent trip to Japan. I start by collecting colours and shapes before I play around with texture and brushstrokes. Then I will pair them with the other shapes I have in the studio and start making structures to be photographed.

I normally paint dozens of pieces of paper and cut them into shapes. The entire process is quite lengthy and unreliable as I can only photograph at specific time slots on a sunny day. I listen to all kinds of music in the studio, from K-pop to classical music; it depends on how I feel.

I’ve been thinking about my grandmothers a lot recently. I didn’t get to spend too much time with them growing up, but they’ve been a great source of inspiration. I have scattered memories and anecdotes that I turn back to in an effort to imagine what their lives would have been as young women. My maternal grandmother used to spend a lot of her time working with calligraphy. She painted a lot of orchid plants, which she filled her balcony with. I made a few pieces in honour of her obsession.

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Selected by
Christophe Guye Galerie,
Zürich, Switzerland

Colours have always been a huge obsession for me. In Radiator Theatre there is no defining reason for my choice of palette. The decision feels almost built-in.

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