Eight Views of Paradise Interrupted


Eight Views of Paradise Interrupted,” an exhibition of paintings by Jennifer Wen Ma, is at Sandra Gering Gallery through July 28. Ma, who splits her time between New York and Beijing, paints with ink on translucent acrylic glass, giving her landscapes a sumptuous, shadowy dimension in which women emanate a golden light. The works here were designed to supplement an opera that Ma debuted at last summer’s Lincoln Center Festival, inspired by Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. In an interview, she noted that the word paradise is derived from the concept of a walled garden: “a wall, a border, has been with the idea of paradise from the beginning, to keep certain things in, to keep certain things out.”

Jennifer Wen Ma, Evening Bell at Misty Pavilion, 2017, Chinese ink and paint on acrylic glass, 48″ x 48″.

Blooming Flower, Descending Geese, 2017, Chinese ink and paint on acrylic glass, 48″ x 76″.

Departing Sail to Distant Shore, 2017, Chinese ink and paint on acrylic glass, 48″ x 48″.

But Be Gently at Ease, 2017, Chinese ink and paint on acrylic glass, 48″ x 90″.

Birth of the Fireflies, 2017, Chinese ink and paint on acrylic glass, 48″ x 78″.

Eve at the Pond, 2017, Chinese ink and paint on acrylic glass, 48″ x 106″.

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