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Miranda Fengyuan Zhang Biography

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang (Shanghai, China, 1993, lives and works in New York City) embraces cultures and ties them together using fragments of wools. The concept of "recycling" what is considered abandoned is inspired by her grandmother, who, during difficult times, unraveled jumpers to knit new ones, creating interesting shapes and unexpected color palette, which goes beyond the idea of recycling, and speaks of parental love and the connection between external and internal beauty. In her work Zhang creates semi-abstract gardens, vaguely concrete landscapes, animal silhouettes, tranquil rivers and layers of colorful mountains, celebrating the mythology of life and nature.

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In Zhang's work, material dominates, and ideas follow. She perceives the color, texture and temperature of the wool and lets the material tolled the way to mystical enlightenment. Her work creates a Garden of Eden, where she emerges herself in a kingdom of colors, cool evenings in the desert, or quiet afternoons over the lake. She further extends the palace of her memories to capture the hidden power within seemingly mundane objects. Like traditional Chinese ink paintings, Zhang's way of working does not allow fixing or adjusting, but rather is an improvised process lead by momentary inspiration and technical skills. Although the works do not portray the east, her artistic thinking is innately eastern.

Zhang has had solo shows at Capsule Shanghai (Shanghai), Half Gallery (Shanghai), Halsey McKay Gallery (New York), and Dear Rivington (New York). Other exhibitions include: Mendes Wood Gallery (online) and Chambers Fine Art Gallery (New York). She has been the recipient of the La Maison de l'Art Contemporain residency in Asilah, Morocco and will be an upcoming resident at the Arquetopia Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Text courtesy Capsule Shanghai.

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang Featured Artworks

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UNTITLED (CRYING FACE) 无题(哭泣的脸) by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangUNTITLED (CRYING FACE) 无题(哭泣的脸), 2019Wool on wood 木材上羊毛
76.5 x 81.5 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
THE NAP 小睡 by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangTHE NAP 小睡, 2019Wool on wood 木材上羊毛
71.1 x 55.8 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
PLEDGING 起誓 by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangPLEDGING 起誓, 2019Wool on wood 木材上羊毛
116.5 x 92 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
FRUITFLIES 果蝇 by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangFRUITFLIES 果蝇, 2019Wool on wood 木材上羊毛
71.5 x 84 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
THE JOY UNDERNEATH 酝酿 by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangTHE JOY UNDERNEATH 酝酿, 2021Wool on wood 木材上羊毛
200 x 200 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
WHEN CABBAGE LEAVES ROAR 嘎嘣脆 by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangWHEN CABBAGE LEAVES ROAR 嘎嘣脆, 2020Wool on wood 木材上羊毛
87 x 87 cm
Capsule Shanghai Contact Gallery
WATERFALLS LILY 妙”水”生花 by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangWATERFALLS LILY 妙”水”生花, 2020Hand woven cotton 手工编织棉布
61 x 51.5 cm
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Capsule Shanghai
UNTITLED (STONES IN MOUNTAIN) 无题(山石) by Miranda Fengyuan Zhang contemporary artwork
Miranda Fengyuan ZhangUNTITLED (STONES IN MOUNTAIN) 无题(山石), 2020Hand woven cotton 手工编织棉布
61 x 45.7 cm
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Capsule Shanghai

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Miranda Fengyuan Zhang, A World Without Us at Capsule Shanghai
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16 January–27 February 2021 Miranda Fengyuan Zhang A World Without Us Capsule ShanghaiShanghai

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang Represented By

Capsule Shanghai contemporary art gallery in Shanghai, China Capsule Shanghai Shanghai

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang In Video & Audio

Miranda Fengyuan Zhang | A World Without Us | 2021 Related Video & Audio Miranda Fengyuan Zhang | A World Without Us | 2021 29 January 2021, Capsule Shanghai

Magnifying familiar traditional techniques through the union of knitted wool and cotton fabrics, Zhang's work deals with her familial history of undoing woolens to form new ones and wielding processes of centuries-old weaving methods. Incorporating strange shapes, warm colors, and soft materials with poetic sentimentality, the work depicts lush...

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