In her own lyrical words, artist Faye Wei Wei describes the thinking behind her new exhibition of paintings, I’ve Always Been a Weeper at the Cinema, created over the course of a summer in Berlin
When British-Chinese painter Faye Wei Wei moved from her hometown of London to Berlin, it gave her a feeling of “lightness and energy”. A graduate of Slade whose second solo show has just opened at London’s Cob Gallery, Wei Wei is celebrated for her large-scale paintings, full of romantic figures, as well as elements of myth and symbolism. With a palette of earthy greens, reds, pale pinks and blues, Wei Wei’s paintings allow you to feel like you’re getting lost in the artist’s imagination. “I would like if possible for people to feel as if they are being individually told a secret story by the picture plane,” she says.
Writing to AnOther over email during the first week of her exhibition, I’ve Always Been a Weeper at the Cinema, Wei Wei describes finding inspiration in poetry – Allen Ginsberg is a longtime favourite, as well as Edward Storer and Emily Berry more recently – and cinema, and especially enjoying a summer of falling in love and “floating in the ocean in Patmos, and floating in the lakes in Berlin. And eating zucchini boiled and sea urchins!”
There is a hint of melancholy to Wei Wei’s looming works, whether in images of snakes coiling across the surface or references to artists like Ana Mendieta in some works’ titles (the artists loves the late Mendieta’s use of red “like a rose wilting”). Here, in her own lyrical words, Wei Wei explains the story behind I’ve Always Been a Weeper at the Cinema.