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Next Gen Prize: Tongue Tied by Ting Jiang

Tongue Tied

Ting Jiang

2022 Next Gen Prize

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About the work

The artwork is a self-portrait displaying communication barriers of an immigrant. Australia is a multicultural country with people of all different backgrounds. I was raised and grew up in a Chinese household even after migrating to Australia. As I enrolled into school, difficulties were found regarding communication. My placement in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class benefited me in my study of the English language, However, I never interacted with other peers simply because I didn’t know how to. The composition title is a metaphor describing when someone is at a loss for words. In this context, it highlights the vulnerable state of immigrants in a completely new world.

Judge's Notes

In an accomplished self-portrait Ting Jiang has managed to communicate her concept and feelings with this outstanding work.

Her articulation of her experiences as an immigrant and ability to communicate a sense of muteness through imagery displays a level of sophistication beyond the artist’s years.

There were a number of high quality entrants to the Next Gen Prize and I am honestly astounded by the talent of these young artists.

Jenna Baldock
Next Gen Judge