watercolor on arches paper
h: 109 w: 122 (cms).
As a female painter, J. Li stands in the position of women, using brushes to embody women's love, hatred, desire and pain. Such expression is achieved by overlapping figuration and abstraction in her paintings, using the natural changes and disasters that occur in her landscapes as metaphors for human emotions and sensibility.
J. Li primarily works with watercolor. Yet, she challenges the conventional views of this medium, which is usually conceived as delicate, fragile, and gentle. In her paintings, the medium is not so transparent, not so spontaneous in some parts, and not so ‘watercolor’ anymore. The brushstrokes are thick and substantial, almost concealing the nature of the medium.