by Ariadna Zierold
London-based artist Vivien Zhang is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art (London). Having lived in China, Kenya, Thailand and now the UK, Zhang manifests through her work intersections between abstraction and geographical displacement. Her work challenges recognition and mis-recognition, presence and absence, and the authority of the artist in visual appropriation. In her paintings, repetitive, excessive, self-referential grounds are built and subsequently interrupted by context-specific motifs. The motifs are often objects of personal significance and traces from contemporary culture.