“Through my paintings, I hope to show that sort of intimacy which is really difficult to realise. Just like the sort of relationship that I have with colours.” With this phrase, Zhang Xuerui, born in 1979 in the province of Shanxi, described her modus operandi in 2015. Five years later it still works to explain the artist’s work and the instances she seeks to depict. “Zhang’s canvases look like the facades of buildings,” says critic Zhu Zhu regarding the personal exhibition of the artist. They are divided into quadrants of the same size, characterised by geometric precision and chromatic delicacy, each shade linked to the prior shade by an almost imperceptible, yet quite present, gradient of colour. With no narrative or reference to reality, the works of Zhang Xuerui, in their minimalism and sobriety, have a sort of melody, they speak of proximity in terms of the physical presence and distance in terms of semantic value, placing the physical and metaphysical into dialogue, the emotional and planning aspects inherent to artistic creation. Besides the paintings, the artists also presents a series of water-colours and three installations created with old clothes and new and used fabrics - materials which Zhang Xuerui has used for years in her art.