“I dedicate my works to challenge the 'dullness' of human thought process: promote the need of stimulating and cultivating our own imagination and consciousness through our normal life. Celebrating the 'sameness' in everyday life to create the special and genuine story to each individual, to myself.”
Community can't be formed without communication. It is crucial for human being to reveal the story that exist in each unique space. Through composing different sensations, we transform the meaning to not only to the surfaces but also to the emotion of human body.
Whenever you wake up that morning, it will always be another “ZOOM” day. You wake up, sit, eat, and go back to sleep, and start to have a hard time to differentiate yourself with the cat who is laying right next to you.
Jiawei was born in Guangzhou, China. Since the very beginning of her memory, the word “communication” has never left her life. Her family always taught that “language” was not the only way to talk to others. It can be done in a gesture, in an expression, or even in a long laugh. At the age of sixteen, Jiawei came to the United States by herself. Facing the barriers between different languages and cultures, she started to find a better way that let various groups communicate within each other.
Quarantine Series: Finding Fish
You don’t remember how many puzzles you finished these weeks. Your muscles of your arms memorize the order, always trying to complete the emptiness from the breach. Even try to repair the missing pieces in your life.
After dabbling in painting in high school, she chose to walk into Interior Design at Pratt Institute in New York and was trying to deepen and strengthen her own understanding toward the sensation. As a designer, Jiawei has been working on projects from small restaurant renovations to designing multi-floor office spaces. Yet, the understanding of different spatial quality, the ability to design both conceptually & realistically, and the experiences with multiple options cannot really answer her question: What is the trigger point that reveals the human emotion and sensation in a space?
“What is the trigger point that reveals the human emotion and sensation in a space?”
Where are we holding on to our emotions when we are facing the cold screen 24/7? Keeping and bringing the question with her, Jiawei started to apply the Interior Design concept into painting. She explored and challenged how the different properties of acrylic influence human emotion, and how those properties convey a feeling toward human beings. After much research and interviews from several projects, Jiawei found her direction to the answer right before the beginning of Covid-19.
During the quarantine period, Jiawei finished her “Quarantine Series”. This series of paintings reveal and was inspired by the daily life of herself under the Covid-19 Era. People including herself are numbed by the tedious “stay home” life. Life at that point had become a loop, it runs through the same things over and over, day after day. It is not about joy anymore but rather about despairing, sentimental, and losing control. Jiawei dedicated her paintings to search for new languages that can raise people’s resonance.