Jennifer Wen Ma: Cry Joy Park
In Cry Joy Park, Jennifer Wen Ma depicts a re-imagined utopia inspired by the surrounding fields at Art Omi. The work presents a series of unusual, whimsical and otherworldly landscapes drawn from settings on the grounds of Art Omi, and explores through these landscapes themes of utopia and dystopia. Fluid and expressive—but also detailed and expressive—Wen Ma borrows from Chinese literati painting style, inviting the viewer into an immersive illusory space within.
During a three-week residency at Art Omi, Wen Ma will create two large-scale paintings; one will be installed Benenson Visitors Center Gallery, and the other outdoors in the Fields Sculpture Park. Both will overlay their surroundings, and will change over the course of the exhibition according to elemental effects on the water-soluble traditional ink.
Jennifer Wen Ma (1973, Beijing, China) is a visual artist who moved to the United States in 1986, and received her Master of Fine Art degree in 1999 from Pratt Institute, New York. Ma works and lives between New York and Beijing. Ma’s interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theatre; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works. Projects with international institutions include: A Beautiful Disorder at Cass Sculpture Foundation, 2016; What About the Art? at Qatar Museums, 2016; installation opera Paradise Interrupted, commissioned by Spoleto USA Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, 2015, also previewed in the Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Flux Projects, Atlanta; Market Square Public Art Program, Pittsburgh, 2015; 5x5 Nonument Park, Washington DC; Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, 2013; Cambio Cultural, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2013; Performa 13, New York, 2013; The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei, 2010; Biennale of Sydney, 2010; Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan, 2009; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, 2009; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008; and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2008, among others.