Canal Cheong Jagerroos: A Diary of Hope and Reflection

16 June - 16 July 2021

Canal Cheong Jagerroos | 張彤茹 (b.1968) is a Chinese-Finnish contemporary visual artist who grew up in an artistic family in Macau. Cheong Jagerroos lives and works between Helsinki, Shanghai, Nice, Berlin, and Tokyo.

 

In a unique and fascinating way, Cheong Jagerroos combines the past and present, East and West, traditional practices and abstraction. For the past 30 years, she has lived and worked in numerous countries, from Asia to Europe and Africa. The unique experiences of these culturally diverse places have influenced her practice both consciously and subconsciously. In her mixed media works and immersive installation exhibitions, Cheong Jagerroos rebuilds the language, signs, and symbols of traditional Chinese art. Her intensive process of deconstructing and layering rice paper drawings with paint and different materials give birth to vibrant, harmonious, and enigmatic works. 

 

As an acclaimed international artist, Canal Cheong Jagerroos has exhibited extensively worldwide. Her ongoing installation project 'Floating Island' and co-founded art project ‘Blue and Red' have been exhibited in numerous art museums in China and Finland from 2018 to 2020, including Korundi Rovaniemi Art Museum, Joensuu Art Museum, Jyväskylä Art Museum, and Salo Art Museum in Finland, and Xian Art Museum in China.

  • Press Release

    Press Release

    June 3, 2021

    ONLINE EXHIBITION

    JUNE 16. 2021 – JULY 16. 2021

     

    Ronewa Art Projects presents A Diary of Reflection and Hope, an online exhibition featuring Chinese-Finnish artist Canal Cheong Jagerroos. From June 16 till July 16, works from three new series showcasing Cheong Jagerroos’ rich layering of symbols, materials, and painterly techniques will be on show in the Ronewa viewing room.

     

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  • CANAL CHEONG JAGERROOS

    A DIARY OF HOPE AND REFLECTION
  • Rice paper:
    “Growing up in an artistic family, rice paper has been present throughout my life and I incorporate it into all of my works. I layer multiple rice paper paintings over each other with acrylic, oil, and mixed media to achieve a sense of depth on the canvas.”

  • Canal Cheong Jagerroos

    Floating Island projects | 2018 - 2020
  • Diary Series:

    “Creating the ‘Diary’ series was a process of self-healing, grounding myself, and finding a new direction. We all carry different emotions with us at once, from the very bright to the very dark. With my work, I want to inspire others to move forward.”

    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Diary I, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 cm. 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in. Series: Diary Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Diary I, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      60 x 60 cm.
      23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.
      Series: Diary Series
      Signed and dated
    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Diary II, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 cm. 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in. Series: Diary Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Diary II, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      60 x 60 cm.
      23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.
      Series: Diary Series
      Signed and dated
    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Diary III, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 60 x 60 cm. 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in. Series: Diary Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Diary III, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      60 x 60 cm.
      23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in.
      Series: Diary Series
      Signed and dated
  • Orange New Hope Series:
    “Orange has always been one of my favorite colors, but I have very seldom applied it in my work. To me, orange has the intense positive energy of the sun and new life.”

    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Orange New Hope I, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 180 x 180 cm. 70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in. Series: Orange New Hope Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Orange New Hope I, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      180 x 180 cm.
      70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in.
      Series: Orange New Hope Series
      Signed and dated
    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Orange New Hope II, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 180 x 180 cm. 70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in. Series: Orange New Hope Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Orange New Hope II, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      180 x 180 cm.
      70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in.
      Series: Orange New Hope Series
      Signed and dated
    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Orange New Hope III, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 180 x 180 cm. 70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in. Series: Orange New Hope Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Orange New Hope III, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      180 x 180 cm.
      70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in.
      Series: Orange New Hope Series
      Signed and dated
  • Reflection Series:
    “The fear and confusion at the start of the pandemic was the context in which the ‘Reflection’ series arose. At times, I felt the brush was so heavy I could not pick it up. It is a deep analysis of myself, our new situation, and the fragility of humanity.”

    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Reflection I, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 185 x 50 cm. 72 7/8 x 19 3/4 in. Series: Reflection Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Reflection I, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      185 x 50 cm.
      72 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.
      Series: Reflection Series
      Signed and dated
    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Reflection II, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 120 x 100 cm. 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. Series: Reflection Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Reflection II, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      120 x 100 cm.
      47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.
      Series: Reflection Series
      Signed and dated
    • Canal Cheong Jagerroos Reflection III, 2021 Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas 120 x 100 cm. 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. Series: Reflection Series Signed and dated
      Canal Cheong Jagerroos
      Reflection III, 2021
      Rice paper, pigment, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas
      120 x 100 cm.
      47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.
      Series: Reflection Series
      Signed and dated
  • Philosophy:
    “The ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi has a saying that I always apply to my paintings: a good traveler has no fixed plans and has no intention of arriving. This is what I want my viewers to feel when they look at my work.”

    My work is a path on which my audience can start a journey of excitement and discovery. There is a saying that you can never complete an artwork, you can only abandon it. The viewers continue the work and they define how it ends; I just open the door.”

     

  • Deconstruction
    “The rice paper paintings are enormous to begin with, and then I tear them apart. Deconstruction might sound negative, but you need to disassemble and reassemble something if you want it to progress.”

    “When I tear a rice paper painting into pieces, it feels liberating; it’s like letting go of a concept so that I can reconstruct multiple new ones from it.”

     

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  • Meet the Artist, A Diary of Reflection and Hope: | An Interview with Canal Cheong Jagerroos

    Canal Jagerroos at her stiudio in Shanghai

    Meet the Artist

    A Diary of Reflection and Hope: | An Interview with Canal Cheong Jagerroos

    Chinese-Finnish artist Canal Cheong Jagerroos creates richly layered mixed-media canvases and immersive installations that combine traditional Chinese art techniques and materials with a distinctive visual language of symbols, textures, color, and abstraction. Her multidimensional, enigmatic compositions communicate both the artist’s inner world and an open invitation to find meaning.

     

    We talked to Cheong Jagerroos about her creative process of deconstruction, how the places she lives influences her practice, and the inspirations behind her new series of works on show in the upcoming online exhibition, opening in the Ronewa viewing room on June 16, 2021.