MFA Thesis 2021_Into the Dimness
Yanqing Pei
Work on view#1
By Yanqing Pei
Mood Board, 2021, Oil and ink on canvas, 26 x 64 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Wander, 2021, Oil and water color on canvas, 20 x 16 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Chapter Nine, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Weed, 2019, Oil on canvas, 16 x 22 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Work on view#2
By Yanqing Pei
Fissure, 2020, Oil, gesso and ink on canvas 40 x 30 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Letter of Spring, 2021, Ink, watercolor and gesso on wood board, 10 x 8 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Tryst, 2020, Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Undercurrent, 2020, Oil and gesso on canvas, 48 x 36 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Anonymous Letter, 2020, Oil and ink on canvas, 32 x 36 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Night Visit, 2020, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches
By Yanqing Pei
Artist Statement
My paintings are about the intimacy and integration between human beings and their surroundings with the focus on nature. I’m interested in how living beings are interconnected and interdependent in a contradictory unity. It involves the entanglements, the chaos within the continuous changes of existences, and the harmony between them. In my paintings, human figures, mountains, stones, plants and animals form a symbiotic relationship—the outline of a figure turns into a ridge line, or extends to grow into the shape of a horse. I intend to bring out a sense of uncertainty and disorder which implies a density of wistful mood underneath the surreal scenes in my paintings. I also make abstract paintings based on Chinese ideograms and calligraphy. I’m interested in the interconnected relationship between poetry and poetic imagination, and between characters and their negative spaces. I reshape some ideographic characters and transform them into pictorial visions.