Xiaowei Chen's Drawings And Paintings: Tracing A Creative Journey Through Images
29 apr 2015 by Nur El Shami
Chinese-born, US-based art:i:curate artist Xiaowei Chen shares parts of her creative process through a selection of personal images.
Xiaowei's body of work includes video, drawing and painting. She explores natural environments, natural disasters, human thought and the interconnectivity between the three with a current focus in large-scale drawings and paintings.
In this visual diary, we trace Xiaowei's inspirations and process from an intimate point of view.
"Human curiosities abound for things that are unobvious. I found myself in a constant state of searching for the meanings of painting..."
Can See, Cannot See III, 2013, fluorescent pigments, oil pastel, oil, paper board, 165 x 102 cm.
"It seems to me, if the subject of a picture reflects a thought, the techniques that a painter uses reflect an approach. Simple techniques executed with simple tools fit my thoughts and habits..."
"The layering of my paintings and drawings is often a result of prolonged examination of an idea, which gets modified and refined as layers are added with familiar tools..."
"My aim is a final result that is immediately pure and complete with underlying complexity, whether it is figurative or abstract."
Can See, Cannot See I, 2013, fluorescent pigments, oil pastel, oil, paper board, 165 x 102 cm.
Xiaowei Chen in her studio in New York.
All images courtesy of the artist.