The work of Dutch artist, with Chinese roots, Tja Ling, can be experienced as a symbiosis between the East and the West. Her work can be defined as a complex interaction between spirituality and the sensory experience, it contains references to psychoanalyst Gustave Jung, the Asian work ethic and rituals of indigenous peoples. With her images Tja Ling denounces our affection for material goods. In the 1970’s her parents fled the terror of Chinese communism and ended up in the Netherlands. After a history of oppression, they were enrolled in the capitalist system of their new homeland, which led to overcompensation or overconsumption.
She is currently working on a project, funded by the Fiep Westerdorp Stimuleringsprijs, where she tries to find out more about her family and their history.