Jingwei Bu is a Chinese born, Australian-based visual artist. Jingwei’s practice draws on a range of artistic traditions including figuration and abstraction and references both Western and Eastern cultural traditions.
In her Life Map series, Jingwei uses drawing and mark-making, as a way of externalising her inner life, a representation of the accumulated joys and suffering of a life lived.
She approaches the making of these drawings in the spirit of time-based performance. Allocating each drawing a period of several hours, and working her way around the sheet, Jingwei’s drawings document her journey into memory, reflection and being in the moment.
The quality of the mark-making – from intense repetitive lines, to spiral forms, and number sequencing – evokes a highly personal and idiosyncratic system of thought.
Through them 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.