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Born in China, I graduated from the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. I have always been interested in the boundary of abstraction and figurative art, of art and life, and the fragility of my surroundings. Even a slab of paving-stone will be scratched, or worn, or part mud-splattered, and these traces of interaction are impermanent and changing. I have tried to highlight this uncertain state by using water-colours, which require as technique a process of repeated laying down of layers of colour, each layer not effacing but building up the previous.
I have taken these things from their wider context, flattened the perspective, and chosen a decomposition based upon their geometric structurality, rather than their standard decomposition into semantic blocks. Those usual labels carry with them some notion of eternal essence, I want to focus on them as they are, have been and might become.
More recently, I have wished to explore those parts which are obscured, invisible, those parts left to the imagination, with unlimited possibilities. It is in these unreal spaces that real-life takes place.
Wei Yuan, JN18DT, 2017. Watercolour on watercolour paper.
Wei Yuan, JN18EU, 2017. Watercolour and acrylic on watercolour paper.
‘The Cambridge Show’ brings together work by twenty-two artists who live or work in and around Cambridge. Showcasing a cross-section of the artistic community operating in the local area, from photography to performance, the exhibition will explore these artists’ diverse practices, and some of the themes and issues that they are engaging with right now.
Wei Yuan, JN18EU, 2017. Watercolour and acrylic on watercolour paper. Courtesy the artist.
Wei Yuan, JN18DT, 2017. Watercolour on watercolour paper. Courtesy the artist.
Wei Yuan in her studio. Photo: Adam Antonik