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The only way is up Painting

Ketty Haolin Zhang


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas Board

Size: 9 W x 12 H x 0.7 D in

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This piece was part of Ketty Zhang’s 2022 solo show, Elevator Music, which features a collection of new works across different media, centering around the theme of elevators. The elevator sits at the intersection of a few topics the artist is interested in: corporate culture, transience, transition, and day-to-day spaces and materials. The elevator as a space brings out a layered sentiment, as it is the site for different types of interactions: chance encounters, small talk, awkward silence, and elevator pitches. For some, it might trigger certain psychological responses, like claustrophobia, germophobia, or even a kinky obsession with surrendering control in such a confined, surveilled place. It is a “space within a space” as described by Michel Foucault - an urban limbo with its own unspoken rules as we head to our destination. As we emerge from the elevator, our social roles change; we become an employee, a customer, a student, a parent, a patient. Parts of our identity that were present before the ride become less apparent as the doors close. This exhibition explores multiple facets of the human psyche as they relate to the elevator as a site of introspection, fantasy, and change.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas Board

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.7 D in

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Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments. Instagram: @kettyzzz Ketty Haolin Zhang has spent half of her life so far in China and half in Canada. Informed by her experience as a 1.5-generation immigrant, her practice navigates her relationship with placelessness and (non)belonging in a hyper-globalized world. She is interested in creating works that embody both closeness and distance - the simultaneous desire to belong and to resist being defined.

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