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The works of Li Wei (李威) are in the field of two-dimensional painting, but her creations are clearly marked by experimental qualities. Born in 1979 in Harbin, China, Li Wei attended the Zhejiang Art Academy Middle School, the Nanjing Art Institute, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts. From school to BFA to MFA, Li Wei has experienced different academic styles, which has imbued her art with no small amount of openness and acceptance.
Li Wei pursues originality and breakthroughs in her personal artistic language, while also hoping to reach strong visual effects in her work. Her infatuation with lines led her to set out in a conscious pursuit of their pure expressive power. On the one hand, she used the traditional Chinese proscriptions about lines and proportions, giving her work the feel of traditional Chinese outlines; on the other hand, she searched for a new kind of visual effect with her combination of Western charcoal lines and handmade paper. In the Dot Matrix series, she deconstructs scenes and experiences of everyday life into a dot matrix, making them strange and unfamiliar. The series creates a different viewing method, creating different visual perceptions from different distances. At a certain distance, the dots of various gradients come together to form a realistic image, but moving closer, distinct dots emerge, arranged with exacting order. A sense of instability is present, giving rise to diversity within each work.
Other works continue her fascination with line, perspective, and process, using carbon paper as an independent medium, instead of a converter. From red and blue carbon paper emerge mountains and landscapes, defying the limits of flat painting by exploiting the transparency of the medium to foster a unique sense of aesthetics in its abstractions.