Middlebury College Museum of Art


Hong Chun Zhang: Hair Story in Charcoal and Ink

January 24–May 3, 2020

Chinese-born artist Hong Chun Zhang began making waves with her “hairy” style in 2002. Raised in a family of artists and trained at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Zhang mastered Chinese brush painting before moving to the United States in 1996. The long black locks that pervade her artworks bind her to her past in China, even as her depictions of the natural world evoke her new home. In this series, hair becomes a channel for Zhang’s exploration of her personal identity.

Hong Chun Zhang, Curl, 2019, charcoal on paper
Hong Chun Zhang (Chinese, b. 1971), Curl, 2019, charcoal on paper, 36 x 70 inches. Courtesy of the artist. © Hong Chun Zhang 2019