Ma Qiusha’s watercolour series “You” appeals to personal memories and sensations. This explicitly includes the personal memories and sensations of the viewer. When one looks more closely, the subject matter of the artwork – a solidly linear, urban architecture that is reminiscent of Peter Halley’s paintings of abstract urban surfaces – becomes a surreal and dreamlike depiction. The artist is not concerned with real architectures; instead, her depictions are based upon indistinct memory images. To give form to these memory images, she works with reflective paper, which she cuts to size and sticks to a basic structure that is architectonic, and is painted in watercolors to create shimmering ‘window surfaces’. These window surfaces can be read as a lifeless, aesthetically perfected skin. One cannot imagine any human life existing behind this skin.
Ma Qiusha was born in 1982. She received her BA in Digital Media Art from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 and MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University in U.S. in 2008. She currently lives and works in Beijing. As one of the most dynamic figures of the emerging generation in China’s contemporary art community, Ma Qiusha’s art have been widely exhibited across the international art scene. Her works have been shown at Tate Modern, UK; Groninger Museum, the Netherlands;Kunsthalle Düsseldorf , Germany; ZKM（Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe), Germany; Borusan Contemporary, Turkey; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, U.S.; International Contemporary Art Foundation, Bergen; the Chinese Arts Centre, UK; Stavanger Art Museum, Norway; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; OCAT, Shanghai; National Art Museum of China; and Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, etc. Her recent exhibitions include “Moscow International Biennale for Young Art”at Museum of Moscow; group show at Daimler Art Collection and Wesleyan University, etc. She was nominated for the Pierre Huber Prize (2014) and “Young Artist of the Year” by Award of Art China (AAC) in 2013.