MA Visual Arts: Illustration – Camberwell College of Arts, 2020
Yuqiao continuously challenges artwork from diverse perspectives, taking on different roles rather than existing solely as a painter. The picture book is a primary focus at present. Relating to visual narrative, Yuqiao explores how the picture fits with the text. It is a valuable theme when integrating eastern and western art to produce a new visual expression.
The pieces featured in the collection are from a picture book that Yuqiao recently worked on. The book tells the story of a little girl who wants to send the moon to the sky, but she is not able to do so by herself. She requires help from animals when the moon starts falling. Every time she meets an animal she must find something that they have in common in order to receive help, so she wears bunny ears, a fox’s tail, or the wings of a swan. The moral of the story promotes working together to get a big job done.
Awards and residencies:
Asia Illustrations Annual Awards, 2019; Excellent Prize, 6th China Illustration Biennial 2018; Best (Student) Illustration Award, 4th Greater China Illustration Awards, exhibited in Guan Shanyue Art Museum, 2015; Merit Award, Hiii Illustration, 2015; Gold Award, Chinese Creative Design Yearbooks, 2014 – 2015; finalist, 4th National Illustration Art Competition, 2014; Shanghai Scholarship Award, 2013.
“Different life experiences can expedite my understanding of art forms. My research in the Dunhuang (Mogao) Caves, complete with a flowing sense of the lines and ancient atmosphere within the oriental frescos, was highly affecting. During my time in the UK, I have focused on another traditional painting method (egg tempera). Understanding eastern art together with western art has broadened my perspective [in relation] to traditional art. It has led me to creating distinct and inclusive works with artistic value.”