These paintings show the artist's interest in exploring ideas about inheritance, both cultural and environmental. She explores the idea of using the landscape as a visual metaphor for the modern psyche, to examine the connections between mental health and the climate crisis. In many ways, the land and mind are both overburdened and collapsing under the pressures of capitalist demand and overpopulation. To paint these, she uses Chinese ink brushes with acrylic paints, often starting with un-primed canvas and applying gesso unevenly, or leaving the edges of the canvas frayed to emphasize the rawness of the piece. Through the visual forms that recur - a red sun, blackened and disintegrating landforms - she explores subconscious feelings around loss/yearning for cultural belonging, as well as fears about an unstable environment and an uncertain future.
About The Artist
Weihui is a painter whose work explores the themes of mental health, climate change, and the ways in which identities - both cultural and personal - are created through the narratives we imagine and retell. She was born in Shanghai, China and grew up in Queens, NY, where she currently lives and works. Weihui’s work combines the aesthetics of traditional Chinese landscape painting with Abstract Expressionism, as a way to explore cultural identity. By putting them two together, she wanted to express both the sense of conflict and fracture in my bi-cultural sense of self, and also to how my place in each culture feeds into my understanding and relationship to the other.
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