Above Image: artistic research draft of current ongoing project Figure 1,2,3,6,8, this research process from March-October 2018 is supported and funded by Access Copyright Foundation Marian Hebb Research Grant, and the project Figure 1,2,3,6,8 are funded by Edmonton Heritage Council Living Local Grant
Artist Bio: Multidisciplinary artist, Cui JinZhe utilizes drawing, drawing-based installation and action-based public engagement to explore phenomenology, daily rituals and everyday experiences. This exploration serves as a catalyst for reflection and realization, which Cui cites as the core of her spiritual practice. Cui JinZhe was born and raised in Dalian China and has lived and worked in Canada since 2008. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. In 2015, Cui successfully launched the Public Art Project titled "66 Physiognomies" which was selected as part of the Creative Canada Network 2017 in review showcase. 66 Physiognomies is commissioned by City of Saskatoon celebrating 20th Anniversary of Placemaker Project. It used a multi-art approach to examine a new possibility in public art: to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness by both re-envisioning the external environment and fostering a contemplative practice. In 2016, Jinzhe's new experimental contemplative drawing - based project 100 Immortals was awarded Culture on the Go Toured Program by the Government of Saskatchewan. With this abundant support, Jinzhe toured 100 Immortals into 17 communities including public space, art context and nature landscape in Canada and USA from 2016 - 2017.
Current Ongoing Project: Figure 1,2,3,6,8
Figure1,2,3,6,8 is a community engagement art project showcasing the history and cultural impacts of Edmonton's ever-changing Chinatown. This project conducts a research study around Chinatown life utilizing local heritage experts, community advocates, and artists to produce five figures of artwork. The project develops through three phases and produces a collective of four Chinese ink paintings and one documentary film. Each painting (Figure 1,2,3) represents pivotal eras 1890s, 1960s and 1980s in Chinatown' s history and one (Figure 6) capturing today' s current situation by giving the artist a studio residence in Chinatown. The documentary film (Figure 8) complements the paintings by revealing the process of research and art interpretation, while also allowing community members to share their stories and thoughts about Chinatown. The goal of the artwork is to preserve and share Chinese heritage & immigration stories, reflect on how communities utilize space, and promote dialogue around Chinatown' s developing future.
Collaboration Team Members
Shawn Tse, project directing and the documentary film (Figure 8) making
Lan Chan, leading and implementing the history research and heritage study of Edmonton Chinatown
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, leading and implementing the history research and heritage study of Edmonton Chinatown
Cui Jinzhe, artistic researching and creating the 4 drawings (Figure 1,2,3,6)
Many thanks to Saskatchewan Arts Board, Government of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon, Hemera Foundation, Access Copyright Foundation, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Heritage Council, Zen Mountain Monastery, Mactarggart Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and everyone like you who have made Jinzhe' s various projects possible.