The pancake fell down in the well and then it became a frog.
The frog stretched his legs and then it became a magpie.
The magpie flew up to a tree and then it became a turtledove.
The turtledove made sounds like Goo-Goo-Goo. The monk was eating a piece of tofu.
The tofu was broken and then the Monk ate a rice pancake.
The rice pancake was so hard and then the monk ate a water caltrop.
The water caltrop had so many sharp spines and then a monk watched the sky.
There were several words in the sky, “The monk was committing a crime.”
He was so sinful that his head was cut off.
Moon Cake，a popular and old nursery rhyme in Changsha, Hunan province, China
This is a nursery rhyme I sang when I was a child. Many years later, once I sang it to my daughter according to my memory, she immediately followed singing with me. Memory can take the form of sensations, images, and emotions; it lends itself perfectly as a subject and tool for art and artists. How does art shape an artist’s personal memory of the past? To me, this is a cycle and a samsara.
Since I left my hometown in southern China, I have lived seven years in Beijing, and four years in Chicago. After so many years, I will bring my little girl to China next week. I remember last time I left there, my mom said, “I hope once you come back home, you can bring your child here.” And now it is happening; a samsara? When I prepare a lunchbox for my daughter five days per week, it is opened and closed, it is filled and emptied, and it leaves and comes back with her, another samsara?
My memory of my childhood, my memory of living in three different cities, my memory of those people in my life, my memory of my thoughts, my memory of my art, my memory of my identity, my memory of my memory, etc., All of them are mixed together with my current life. And my current life will also become my memory.
The task of preserving memory is difficult when it comes to art, because there will inevitably be tension between an object invented by a subjective mind (the artist) and the viewer. I put these three art projects I have been working together via animation. It is based on my photography, my memory and my personal experience. Animation opens another door to me in the art world. It’s not only to make still images move and to add sound, it helps me to find a new way of preserving my memories and also to build a new sequence of them. It’s an object, but it shows an endless samsara in my life and art journey.
Nanoscale is a high impact peer reviewed journal publishing experimental and theoretical work across the breadth of Nanoscience and nanotechnology. I worked with Prof. Ying li and helped him to design these illustrations; finally one of them was selected as a cover image.
These are four media kits I designed for the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art and The Huntington Library.
Each museum has its own brand system. I need to follow their standard and also build a consistent style for them. I chosen those images of their whole building for the cover, kept their logos and colors, used a similar way to layout them.
Illustration and product design
I am a volunteer designer for the Dandelion school. The Dandelion School is a middle school devoted to the better education of children from some of Beijing's migrant families. I got inspiration from students' drawing. Their parents are physical workers in Beijing, but they still draw their hands with flowers and beautiful color. This design is applied to T-shirt, shopping bag and mugs. They are sold to some companies; all of income just supports the Dandelion school and their students.
Cafeteria Design Research
This is a class I attended at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to redesign a public school cafeteria. My role was a visual designer in a small group and specifically designed the food explorer passport.
We tried to design a new mealtime experience that brings positive change to AGC, builded a full-scale, on-site prototype of the experience and Created a blueprint that scales the change across CPS.
Research Methods: Mealtime Observations、Stakeholder Interviews、Staff Shadowing、In-Home Interviews、Kids-Eye-View Cameras、Room Time-Lapse、LRA Volunteering
Once we identified the issue of food waste, we focused on designing a space and service that encourages kids to eat.
Inside the cafeteria, adults want kids to eat as much as possible, so they hurry them to the tables. But when kids are rushed through the lunch line, they often take trays of food they don’t like. That food ends up in the trash.
WOODSTOCK WRITERS FESTIVAL
branding design, schedule design
Woodstock Writers Festival brings writers and readers together in Woodstock, and to share ideas and laughter. This logo was designed in 2013 spring, when I took the Advanced Typography Design class at SAIC. It's a redesign project. The original design you can see it from here. When I tried to redesign them, I just found that two words are sharing the letter “I". I wanted to get balance between them and made them as a unity. The whole system just use white/black and green colors to form a fresh and clean style.
Branding Design ( logo, business card, menu, letter paper)
Located just outside the city of Chicago, Jilly's Café has been called a "North Shore Treasure" by Zagat's 2002 restaurant survey. Its handpicked flowers, and friendly wait staff make for an intimate and cozy atmosphere suitable for all kinds of occasions.
I just got some inspirations from the Art Deco style and then chosen its font to redesign this logo.
These are posters I designed for some events and exhibitions when I studied at SAIC.
Exhibition Catalogue Design
This is an exhibition catalogue I designed for the Embassy of Ireland in China.
It has 72 pages full of images. Shamrock green is a tone of green that represents the color of shamrocks, a symbol of Ireland. I chose green Rubber Band to bind this book.
Paper Product Design
This is a paper product design I did for a gift company. I designed the unique way to bind them together. Different color on the book spine means new couple would enjoy a colorful life together. On the cover is a traditional Chinese pattern means new happy couple.
Product Design and Book Design
Beijing is a very big city and is has a huge face. A lot of people are living in Beijing and everyone has a different face. Beijing is crowded by unnumbered bicycles and each of them has a unique saddle.
This is a project I designed for my online store. I sold them with my artwork in London and Beijing.
Publisher: China Industry and Commerce Press
This is a book designed by myself during my first full time job in Beijing. It has 288 Pages full of Beautiful Photos and some text. From design to decide to how to bind it, I just worked alone and went to the printing factory to experiment with workers many times. This is a book about the 30 years history of BAIC(Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce). I had chosen a simple and clean style to design it. Used its standard color Blue and white. I also use anastatic printing to make it looks like a memorial wall.