Jingwei at her first solo exhibition. Hughes Gallery Fullarton, South Australia, 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Jennie Groom

Jingwei at her first solo exhibition. Hughes Gallery Fullarton, South Australia, 2018.

Photo by Jennie Groom

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.

Life Maps

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.