Rengu Zhang

I work in a variety of mediums in 2-D and 3-D formats. Currently I am fascinated with the themes of interpersonal dynamics, personal myths, and universality in human conditions.  A common element is imagined spaces and pseudo-landscapes inspired by mundanity, a literal and metaphorical in-between space of what is and what could be. Everyday sights or objects serve as a staple of “what is,” beyond which I try to hint at and challenge the hidden “what could be.” Alongside the landscape are figures inspired by the panorama of humanity. Lately my thinking has been largely shaped by my travels, current news, and reading on human history. I think about common threads underlying different perspectives in the transient, divisive human existence, both on a micro and macro level—such as geological belonging, mental and physical displacement, environmental atrophy, conflict, desire, direction, and consensus on fiction. Symbolism and metaphors are the language of these concerns. I hope for art to be accessible and empathetic despite space, time, and perspective.

I am also strongly drawn to visually telling stories of myself and others. I illustrate emotively in response to an experience, a work of fiction, or a feeling. Through the digital medium, I explore the intersection of fine art and design,  seeking what excites the common human psyche in design elements.

I tend toward bold, strong geometry as well as  lyrical, organic, spontaneous energy.  Available mundane objects are incorporated and endowed with new, layered meanings in my process. Darkened nude figures are a recurring element, referring to unidentified beings, each embodying a unique personal universe. 

Born in Guiyang, China, Rengu Zhang graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a major in Environmental Geoscience and minor in Studio Art. She is a committee member of World Unity Inc., an organization dedicated to eliminating inequality on the bases of gender, race, and culture through arts education. As an undergrad, her art and writing was published in various on-campus journals such as ASIAM and the Laughing Medusa. Her work is part of a private collection and a coming exhibit “35 by 35 Project” in the Copelouzos Family Art Museum in Greece.