Liying Zhang is an artist who was born and raised in Beijing, China, and now living and working in Chicago, United State. She earned her BFA degree from Beijing University of Technology in 2015. In the same year, she transferred to New York State College of Ceramic in Alfred University, and got her second BFA degree in 2017. She is currently an MFA candidate at School of the Art institute of Chicago in Printmedia Department.
Liying’s art practice mainly involves printmedia, ceramics and fiber. In the early time, her subject of art was mainly based on the experiences and feelings from childhood. She has been explaining how the artworks came as confrontation with the past while achieving self-knowledge of the present. Found objects from antique store were used into her works a lot. In her created world, half-memory and half-imagination, everything could happen and change below their surfaces.
Liying’s work also addresses universal emotions. In the recent years, the topic of ritual and making art in healing come to the fist view. She wants her artwork could provides the strong atmosphere that can address all of audience relate to the works in one way or another. She sees her art as a psychological treatment process that relieves her anxieties from the past and present.