On the surface, Jia Juanli’s paintings are a contemporary interpretation of Qing period pieces. Peeling back the layers reveal that her works are much more than just portraits and garden scenes. They are about the life experience of women who will never leave an enclosed space. This is a unique psychological perspective that combines personal intimacy and vulnerability with carefully hidden, melancholic solitude.
Jia’s works are a historical narrative based on traditional cultural sources. She has a passion for what might pass for insignificant details; through the unremarkable – a small silk fan, a screen or a flower vase – Jia creates the intimacy of her scenes and the pathos of ancient women. Her women are at once real and ethereal, unreachable as a distant dream. It is an intimate world created on a stage of imagination.