Known for her early works that question the truth in reality through unlikely marriage of images on canvas (for instance, an astronaut walking in Forbidden City, or a group of beauty queens posing for photo shoot in the Moon), Cui Jie has steered her focus to the study of forms and figure-ground relationship by a body of new paintings that magnify architectural details. Inspired by the multiple exposures in Orson Welles’ films, Cui painted a world composed of fragments from urban landscape and, in a few cases, layers of grids, lines and other graphic patterns. Though set in Beijing, subjects in her landscape paintings look like elsewhere in any possible contemporary cities, representing a sense of déjà vu and alienation.
Cui Jie (b. 1983 in Shanghai, in Chinese 崔洁) graduated from China Academy of Art. Her works have been included in many exhibitions, such as The 4th Prague Biennale (2009), “Poetic Realism: An Reinterpretation of Jiangnan—Contemporary Art from South China” (Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Madrid, 2008), “Notes of Conception” (Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2008), “Face” (Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012) etc.