Introduction:My inspiration came from the pursuit of appearance. In recent years, people inmodern cities, especially women, pays more attention to skin health and appearancethan ever before. Skin can be smooth and tender, and it also can be saggy andwrinkly.
Introduction: The reflection of the work comes from aseries of intricate personality spirits and personal emotions caused by variouspressures in the current society. In this process, people's mental emotions aredivided into tense, paranoid, obsessive, performing personality, antisocialpersonality... The intricate emotional experience brings about influence onthemselves and the corresponding social and social relationships.
I use gauze and medicine bottles that contain healingfunctions to face these mental stresses and emotions. The loss of control ofmental illness and emotions is not a simple medicine that can be cured, butalso requires our understanding of society and the regulation of self-spirit.Different people in our lives are treated with the same kind of medicine forthe same kind of illness. Therefore, I interweave the adjustment of my ownspirit in my works.
Introduction:There arecountless buttons in everyone's life. From birth to death, the clothes everyonewears are constantly changing. Buttons, as an element, bear the changes of eachstage of life. A suit jacket of my father's middle age freezes the time, andthe buttons become the epitome of the past decades, like many stories decoratethe present life.
Introduction:This is a small short video recorded while doing another piece of work.Tryingto get my eyes to look through the camera screen and complete the"Needle" series of actions.Using the camera to record a series ofactions.For a long time in the state of sewing, so that the mind more focusedon myself.The whole process may ignore sounds in the surrounding environment,itis magnified in the short video,the noisy sound contrasts with the stillness ofthe heart as it sews.Trying to find an inner peace and self in a complexenvironment.
Introduction:A “coat” often has attributes of wrapping, protection, defense, andpresentation, which is mostly a state in a public space. And “pillow”, moreappear in private space. Thus, "coat" is a metaphor for a person's externalstate, "pillow" is a metaphor for a completely private moment ofrest. The concepts of "external and internal", "public andprivate" and "dynamic and static" point to the two parallel lifelines of people respectively in reality, but they are interwoven and misplacedin the work.
No Title ，2019
Dimensions:ca. 90*40*10 cm
Material:fabric, thread, metal, bamboo, plastic
"How domaterials, matter and decisions carry each other, and carry on?”
Project with an exhibition, two workshopsand interactive installation.
Organizer: HanshanArt Museum, Suzhou, China.
Suzhou University, Craft and Art Department
Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute
China Academy of Art, School of Sculptureand Public Art, Fiber Art Department
Art Director: Hu Renren
Curator: Assadour Markarov
Assistant Curator: Zhao Qian
Opening: April 28, 2019 (Sunday)
Project duration:April 15th- June 2nd, 2019.
Exhibition: April 29th – June 2nd, 2019.
Venue: Hanshan Art Museum,Suzhou
Related events and workshops:
- The project will be illustrated by twomain workshops of artists working on the area of contemporary embroidery, suchas Alice Kettle from UK, Manchester and the Dutch artist Pauline Nijenhuis.
- Timing of the workshops: April 22nd– 27th, 2019.
- Visiting the local artist studios – ZouYingzi and Liang Xuefang atelier and art museum.
Talks and conversations, lectures:
Curators: Hu Renren and Assadour Markarov.
Timing: April 15th-May 30th,2019.
April 17th, 2019 - In Suzhou Artand Design Technology Institute by AliceKettle
April 20th, 2019 - In HanshanArt Museum by Pauline Nijenhuis.
- Artist’s talks:
April 28th, 2019 - Alice Kettle,Pauline Nijenhuis and Zou Yingzi.
Venue: Auditorium in Hanshan Art Museum,Suzhou
Exhibition content and topics:
The project of “Horizontal crossings” iscreated with the idea to show how one ‘thread’ is connecting people, a conversation, relation between artists and people from different nationsand cultural background, how the art of embroidery influence a local communities. How one thread and the use of stitch can be used and becomeembroidery or a piece of art. This project describes itself as acelebration of the stitch and embroidery, and artists who successfully expressthemselves through this medium.
The exhibition will highlights the many andcomplex ways in which the participating artists have worked with a ‘thread’,illustrated by two main workshops of artists working in the area ofcontemporary embroidery, such as Alice Kettle and Pauline Nijenhuis and inconversation to the artworks of Zou Yingzi and Liang Xuefang, together withanother young and emerging artists presenting the famous embroidery culture ofSuzhou, which has a more than 2200 years heritage and development.
The two main workshops of this project willfocus on the ‘art making’, and the use of thread andneedle, to create and execute, produce a material object. The ‘art making’ isalso a process using a hands and our mind together, and stitchery remains subversive.
Duringthe time of these workshops, students from Art Academies from Suzhou and Hangzhouand people from the local communities involved in the embroidery ‘art making’,will make and execute their own artworks under the leadership of Alice Ketlleand Pauline Nijenhuis.
A Jennifer Harris, an art historian, writerand curator, reader of textiles described in her volume “5000 years oftextiles”, that embroidery is a method ofdecorating with needle and thread or yarn analready existing structure like fabric or other materials,and also it can be done by hand like the Dutch artist Pauline Nijenhuis or,since the nineteenth century, by machine which Alice Kettle uses to create her vastembroidered artworks.
At same time, this project will takevarious ways in different thematic units, commissioned works and academicactivities, such as seminars, dialogues and lectures to give a fresh and wideunderstanding to the media of embroidery as art.
After the workshops complete, theparticipating artists from China and abroad expand on this prompt and make andshown objects, installations and video essays assembled in the exhibition spaceof Hanshan Art Museum. All the works features stitch, either as a process or subject and emphasize the complex ways in which ‘the thread’ and ‘the stitch’ isinterwoven into our lives.