Above Image: Details of Figure 1. Figure 1,2,3,6,8 is funded by Edmonton Heritage Council - Living Local Grant and Access Copyright Foundation - Marian Hebb Research Grant.
Artist Bio: Cui Jinzhe (Chinese, b.1982) is a multidisciplinary artist who currently lives and works in Edmonton, Canada. Her innovative, community charged pieces rang from works on paper and canvas, installations to public art, which incorporate drawing, painting and multi - medium practice. Cui was born in Dalian in the Liaoning Province of China, and studied visual communication at School of Arts Design, Dalian University of Foreign Languages and Mix-media at the School of Art & Design, Dalian Polytechnic University. In 2008, she moved to Canada, where she began to use drawing and painting in her practice as a way of reflecting the self – enlightenment, community intervention and cultural integration. Cui creates conceptual - specific large dimension drawings are both visually arresting and rife with symbolism. In recent work, Cui has dealt with community observation, reflection and development.
Recent Projects: Figure 1,2,3,6,8 is a community engagement art practice 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 through 2017 - 2019. The project develops through three phases and produces a collective of four Chinese ink paintings and one documentary film. Figure 1, Figure2, Figure3 represent 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.
Past Projects: In 2016, Jinzhe's experimental drawing - based project 100 Immortals was awarded Culture on the Go Toured Program by the Government of Saskatchewan. Jinzhe toured 100 Immortals into 17 communities including public space, art context and nature landscape cross Canada and USA. In 2015, Cui successfully launched the Public Art Project titled "66 Physiognomies" which was awarded the Creative Canada Network 2017 in review showcase. 66 Physiognomies was 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.
Many thanks to Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Heritage Council, Access Copyright Foundation, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Government of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon, Hemera Foundation, Zen Mountain Monastery, Mactarggart Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and everyone like you who have made Jinzhe' s various projects possible.