Live and work in Los Angeles, CA, 90039
Menghan Qi is an artist, painter and filmmaker. Born and raised in the North region of China. She received traditional art training from an early age and graduated from LuXun Academy of Fine Art in 2011. Prior to moving to the US, she pursued her M.F.A in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016. Working with drawing, painting and installations, her works involve a strong personal confession about spiritual position and her surrounding as a foreigner living in American. Mining memories and media constructions of social expectations, her works are charged with a grotesque, allegorical quality.
Trying to break the established rules of expression, Menghan QI’s painting focuses on finding her own voice. The oeuvres contextualize her memories and thoughts from the beginning, the early years of herself, and explains the eastern notion behind the “There are 1000 Hamlets in 1000 people’s eyes”, a Chinese urban proverb. Through the faceless figures and manipulation of vibrant color paints, the truth about the expression, doubt, disturbing and loss that come with society and Qi’s identity are epitomized in her later paintings.
After lived in multiple countries, the disorientation produced as Menghan Qi caught between cultures is strong. She hinders her desire of self-expression with other people. Thus, to “speak”, Qi often rely on her art work. The works reaches to everyone. It seeks to impress, and to be felt. It fulfills her deepest ideal of communication. Qi’s art becomes her spiritual language, a language of symbols.