INTERVIEW: JIAWEI FU | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: JIAWEI FU

Interviews | March 15, 2023 |

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Interview: Jiawei Fu
Luca Curci Talks
with the talented artist Jiawei Fu and explores her artistic production.

Jiawei Fu is an Interior Designer and Painter, born in Guangzhou, China and now living in Los Angeles, USA. She bonded with painting at the beginning of her memories. Jiawei came to the United States alone. Noticing the barriers between different languages and cultures, she starts to search for a better way to convey the mutualism in between through her works. The foundation of the community lies in communication, yet we often overlook the shared language that connects diverse individuals. As humans, we inherently experience similar emotions towards ordinary aspects of life, but we often disregard them in our pursuit of uniqueness. Her work represents a perspective from invisible introspection, creating a space for the viewer to reflect on their own, and addressing the mutual language that will be shared together for cherishing the unique sameness. It starts as the reflection of the surroundings and ends as the reflection of oneself.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Jiawei Fu –
Art to me is like a narrative, it helps people communicate their thoughts or secrets with others in a different way. To me as a human but also an artist, I believe that the foundation of community lies in communication. We inherently experience similar emotions towards ordinary aspects of life, but we often disregard them in our pursuit of uniqueness. I believe art is a way to wake up our inner self, and to not only realize the lost but also share the struggle. That’s our mutual language and that’s what makes different communities bond closer together.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
JF –
My work always depicts mundanity and emptiness through surrealized reality. I’m obsessed with small moments that can change people’s mind. I also like to help people to tell their relationship story no matter whether it’s about family, friend, or partner. We are facing our own struggle everyday but couldn’t find a good way to tell our side to others. That’s why I want to work on translating their stories into something more visual, more open for people to understand.

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LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
JF –
I would say artist Liu Ye is the one inspiration for my work. I fell in love with his high saturated paintings but also the story behind it. You need to read and search about the background for you to truly understand the work. However, it’s still fun to see his work without knowing the background because there’s a mixture of different cultures and generations. I want my work to serve as a mixture of different feelings that reflect a lot of people.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
JF –
I don’t really have a ritual per se but I do like to sit on the floor or stand. It helps me utilize my arm more.

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LC – Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
JF –
I’ve recently been selected by GlogauAIR residence project, and will be working on a new series called “My yellow is your blue ”. This project is going to express that there’s always good and bad in an emotional breakdown, especially in a relationship. But in order to make a relationship stronger, closer, and more intimate, we have to learn how to see the front from the back, and how to see the back from the front. Inspired by myself, I would like to help all people to seek a solution. This project is going to experiment the relationship between acrylic, eggyolk, and plaster together.

LC – How is your creative process?
JF –
Story is always the number one inspiration for my works. I often find myself taking notes while people are talking or even complaining. And later reimagine it into a scene.

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JF –
There are two sides. From the outside, it is very hard to get exposure and find the right audience. As an artist it’s always good to reach out and look for new opportunities constantly, because the opportunity will not come find you when you are just sitting there. But from the inside, I’m feeling pretty calm as an artist, I never like to rush my work. I like to spend my time to understand, and to execute.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JF –
I think ITSLIQUID platform provides a variety of things for not only artists but also curators, audiences, even everybody to look at. It has its dynamic but all of them are trying to create more possibilities for all artists.

curated by Luca Curci

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