Jia Sung

Jia Sung is an artist and educator whose practice spans painting, artist books, textiles, and printmaking. Inspired by Chinese historical textiles and the traditions of feminized labor, her work combines tapestries, embroidering, and beadwork with painting. Drawing on motifs from Chinese mythology and Buddhist iconography, Sung uses the familiar visual language of folklore to examine and subvert conventional archetypes of femininity, queerness and otherness. Her approach pulls from the Chinese zhiguai tradition of ‘strange tales,’ where the supernatural, monstrous, and spiritual combine, and figures that are part human and part animal playact domestic and social roles while attempting to assimilate.


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