Synkroniciti is proud to feature the artists of our newest online issue, “Intersections,” available for download here: https://synkroniciti.com/the-magazine/purchase-individual-issues/.
Welcome the last of our “Intersections” artists, visual artist Aleza Zheng. We are thrilled to present “The Green Room (Recess),” “The Playing Room,” “Trigger” and “The Red Chamber.” If you are familiar with Jungian dream imagery, you might acknowledge the relationship between parts of the human psyche and our visions of home. Aleza’s work is fascinating, especially when viewed in this light, and features mixed media photo transfers and film emulsion merged into oil painting, thus creating a ghostly sense of memory or blurred time. Memory is unstable and changeable, and she conveys this beautifully. “Trigger” is a beautiful mezzotint that gets at the modern concept of triggers as things that jar us and change our perception of things, as if a switch were flipped. You can also read a bit about Aleza’s engrossing inspiration and process.
View Aleza’s stunning work in our latest issue, “Intersections.”
Aleza Zheng (b. 1999, China) investigates the relationship between human, object, and image-making. Palimpsests of domestic living spaces, her paintings are a composition of fixtures, openings, and artifacts from foreign spaces transported to an imagined reality. Chairs, lamps, and objects stand in the set as dumb protagonists, quiet observers of a phantom subject. Attuned to painting’s significance as a means of archiving, the artist organizes pieces of the world into realities held together on a canvas. This creates a manufactured world of objects brought into being by artificial chiaroscuro. She uses photo transfers and film emulsion lifts to superimpose media images onto her painted interiors, drawing attention to the multitude of spaces where images reside and what they signify to the environment they are in. Aleza Zheng’s work is informed by sources such as politics, literature, and social behavior. Her work contains historical references and the phenomenology of the everyday. Her practice in painting, drawing, and printmaking expresses the contemporary condition of the individual living in an increasingly urbanized environment.