YUYELAI: Human in Animal Human meets Animal
Karuizawa Gallery 2,3
October 23 - November 28, 2021
Yuyelai's first exhibition "Human in Animal", as the title suggests, features many animals. Since ancient times, humans have drawn animals as metaphors for different things. The animals in Yuyelai's paintings may look cute, but they may be representations of prophets, or even gods and devils.
She has always questioned the meaning of humanity. What is the animality that exists inside humans? ── Her paintings of animals are her way of exploring the meaning of humanity.
Yuyelai's world is always moving forward. Look away and you might miss it completely. Not just the animals and humans, but also the roads and rivers, sea and sky, they can all vanish in an instant. Beneath the strange but colorful scenes in her paintings, there is a far-away world full of fascinating stories.
More than just physical materials, her paintings hide a spiritual world that can be seen not with the eyes but with the heart. Just like reading a story, it takes time for that world to appear before your eyes.
Matsuhashi Eiichi, Director of Karuizawa New Art Museum
1F / KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM, 1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0102, Japan
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Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Artist will be present October 23 and 24
Born in 1999. As of 2021, she is currently studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
At 21 years, she is one of a new generation of artists who has distinguished herself in various public and group exhibitions in Asia. She is the youngest artist to do a solo exhibition at Whitestone Gallery. She learned calligraphy and seal carving in her childhood, and is studying Eastern philosophy in university. She prides herself as being an Asian contemporary artist not distinguished by nationality. Her paintings make use of oil paints and traditional Chinese materials, and feature a painting style reminiscent of calligraphy.
Arising from her doubt of humanity, her paintings share a common theme of "animality inside humans", and illustrate ephemeral imaginary landscapes where humans and animals meet and interact. The umbrellas that appear in her paintings is a symbolic representation of Asia.