The works conceived over the last six years by Christina Quarles are the heart of her first personal exhibition in China. The themes held most dear to the young artist, such as queer identity, physicality and gender are all channeled through various depictions of the human body. Created with decisive but also abstract brushstrokes, these depictions seek to offer universal reflections while starting from the artist’s personal experience. Figures portrayed in twisted positions, often unnatural or explicitly sexual, florescent colours (regardless of the fact that the last year for the artist was particularly dark) and articulated geometries, are the dominant elements of the painting of Quarles. Involved in a game of light and shadow, both metaphoric as well as aesthetic, these elements generate heat, tenderness and a sense of alienation. Like that experienced during the forced isolation of months of lockdown during which the artist was able to reflect on a new sense of intimacy and confidence between individuals.