Yellow Heart Gallery
Artist name: Jingwei Bu
Gallery Location: Level 1, Zone F — just past the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre
Exhibition dates: 1 August 2019 – 31 October 2019
Life Maps is a series of drawings where artist Jingwei Bu uses mark-making as a way of externalising her inner life, a representation of the accumulated joys and suffering of a life lived.
Jingwei approaches the creation of these meditative drawings in the spirit of time-based performance. Each drawing is allocated a period of time (30 minutes, one hour or longer), where she methodically works her way around the page. This documents her journey into memory, experience and reflection, using instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. The quality of the mark-making varies from intense repetitive lines, to spiral forms, and number sequencing, which evokes a highly personal and idiosyncratic system of thought.
Through these works, Jingwei explores her innate curiosity, sensitivity and capacity for immersion and invites viewers to share in the process and result, a hard-won schematic of the soul.
Born in China, Jingwei studied traditional charcoal drawing as a child and went on to develop a career in journalism. Jingwei moved to Germany, with her young children, to support her husband in his new job. Whilst in Germany Jingwei felt the isolation of being in a foreign culture and of no longer being in independent employment. During this time, Jingwei studied some new art techniques that then led to bringing art back into her everyday life – combining drawing and meditation to reflect on the journeys she has made and the lessons learned along the way – the stress and the struggles forming part of the bigger picture.
Now Jingwei and her family reside in Adelaide, where she studies at Adelaide Central School of Art and works as a full-time Australian-based visual artist. Her practice draws on a range of artistic traditions including figuration and abstraction and references both Western and Eastern cultural traditions; extending this to sculpture, performance, photography, poetry, painting and drawing.
During Jingwei’s exhibition at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital she will be undertaking demonstrations of life map creations inviting the Hospital Community to participate in a combined journey or creating their own Life Maps.
Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to recognise this exhibition for Mental Health Week 2019. This year the focus is to Mind Your Health. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Let’s take care of it together.
For more information download the exhibition brochure.