Jiang Shuo 蒋朔 (b.1958)

Born in 1958 in Beijing, China, Jiang Shuo studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Arts and Design, now the Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China from 1978–1982, and was one of the few women to do so.

She studied under the sculptor Professor Zheng Ke for three years, becoming the first woman sculptor in China to complete a post-graduate degree. In 1989, she immigrated with her sculptor husband, Wu Shaoxiang and their three-year-old son. They settled in Klagenfurt, Carinthia where they established a joint studio. 

Jiang became famous with her iconic "Red Guard" series begun in 2003. These anonymous, open-mouthed warriors who wear the Red Guard uniform, are cast in the ancient lost wax technique. They carry either a red flag or The Little Red Book and reflect both her personal experience as a young Red Guard during the Cultural Revolution and her observations from abroad of China's emergence into a capitalistic machine. As Jiang's work progressed her Red Guard figures, for example, Cloud Rider - Terracotta Red (2008), and Run 2 (2006), began posing alongside material items that replaced The Little Red Book. They now sang karaoke, drank Coca-Cola, ate McDonald's, rode atop flashy automobiles – all reflective of the lifestyles of rich businessmen pursuing a life filled with commercial luxury.

Jiang has widely exhibited her sculptures around the world, including Austria, Indonesia, Singapore, and Switzerland. Her works are also regularly sold through galleries, and at auctions in Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York. Many of her works can be seen in major private and museum collections as well.

蒋朔,国际雕塑家,一九五八年出生于中国北京,她在北京、德国柏林和奥地利克拉根福都设立了工作室,经常游走于三地进行创作。她早期的青铜雕塑作品具有民间艺术的特色,隠藏著幸福的童年记忆和强烈的家庭价值观,其后转向更为严肃的话题,例如商业化和文革,最引人注目的是她的红卫兵系列。

蒋朔是北京中央艺术与设计学院(现为清华大学美术学院)首批学习雕塑的女性之一,随后在北京中央艺术与设计学院郑洁教授的指导下攻读研究生课程,并于一九八六年获任命为讲师。一九八九年获得奥地利大学奖学金后,与她的雕塑家丈夫吴少湘一同前往克拉根福,二人建立了一个联合工作室,并加入奥地利艺术家协会。二OO三年蒋氏回中国目睹了中国文化的标准发生了巨大变化,一系列造型以张开大口的士兵为主题的雕塑作品,士兵们以幽默的姿态如唱卡拉OK和吃速食的现代活动,让观者思考在中国历史背景下的唯物主义,资产阶级的崛起,发人深省。

蒋氏在世界各地广泛展出她的雕塑,包括奥地利、印尼、新加坡和瑞士,艺倡画廊亦展出蒋氏的雕塑作品于二0一七年台北国际艺术博览会及二0一八年上海廿一当代艺术博览会。她的作品获多间重要的博物馆和私人收藏。

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