Interview: Jiawei Wu
Luca Curci talks with Jiawei Wu during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
Jiawei Wu is a communications designer and artist who was born and raised in China and is now based in New York. Through her artworks, she explores vulnerability in the sense of self-estrangement. For her, individual memories and emotions are a true narrative, a fluid record of unsteady and tangible experience. She is always experimenting with a deeper narrative that explores the interweaving of time, memory, and experience and their relationships. Her works have won multiple international visual arts and design awards, including GDUSA and NOVUM golden awards. She exhibits her artworks around the world, including in the U.S., Europe, and China.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Jiawei Wu – I am a designer and artist that focuses on using my craft to communicate to my audience. I was born and raised in China and am now based in New York. Through my artworks, I explore vulnerability in the sense of self-estrangement. For me, individual memories and emotions are a true narrative, a fluid record of unsteady and tangible experience. I am always experimenting with a deeper narrative that explores the interweaving of time, memory, and experience and their relationships. I question the certainty of others’ presence and my memory.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
JW – Artists are the leaders of art for the general public in our society that voice our opinions to the world. When we discuss the role that an artist plays in society, we are essentially talking about how art impacts people. Supposedly, people NEED art, therefore we need someone that is capable of standing out and can lead how arts are created. Following that logic, we need those leaders, who are the artists of the world. I believe contemporary art belongs to everyone in modern society. Every move we move towards are inspired by pieces of contemporary art. The artist is the hunter and gatherer of those pieces, rearranging them based on their different genuine minds and methodologies.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
JW – By using multiple forms of media, I focus on the differences in detail and texture of images and individual existence. The different mediums allow me to include blurred images, artificial textures, and unrecognizable text that help me experiment with a deeper narrative that explores the interweaving of time, memory and experience in relation to one another. The vivid scenes in the art I create are the one and only communication route for me to express my true emotions and my subjective disruptions to the general public.
LC – How is your creative process?
JW – I typically collect sources of inspiration and pay attention to life moments that make an impact. When I catch an idea, I spend more time exploring the core brief by making a sketch mood board to flesh out my ideas. Throughout my process of finding a general outline, I draw multiple directions to explore widely. To explore more possibilities, I will discuss with my friends to find the perfect message to relay to my audience. This is how I come up with more details to support the core idea.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
JW – My artwork Buddha reflects the transformation and elevation of my suffering experience when I moved to the United States from China as an immigrant. Buddhism tends to see torture as a training opportunity. Painful experiences exist not only to make one suffer but rather are trying to communicate through hidden guidance from above. During that period of my life, I kept telling myself words that would allow me to embrace the suffering in order to internalize and digest them into something that can elevate me into a better person. This long journey is quite similar to the journey of when Siddhartha turns into Buddha.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
JW – Of course. ITSLIQUID GROUP offers different valuable opportunities for artists to demonstrate excellent artworks. Artists can also communicate freely via this platform, which helps in getting more support to expand their network. For me, ITSLIQUID GROUP not only helps artists develop their careers better, but also builds the communication bridges for art, culture, and society to thrive and advance.