Born 1942, Xi’an, Sha’anxi Province, People’s Republic of China | Died 2010, Xi’an, Sha’anxi Province, People’s Republic of China
Guo Fengyi retired from her work in a factory for health reasons at the age of 45. As a mother of four, she started painting and drawing at home without formal training. Initially these works were a way of dealing with her health issues, employing I Ching and Qigong, a practice rooted in philosophy, martial arts, and medicine, which combines breath, movement, and meditation to achieve balance and a calm, mindful state.
With energetic movement and lines, she drew figures on a sheet of paper, starting at the center and working her way up and down as if tracing a body’s map, its flow of energy, thoughts, and blood circulation. In the process, the figure transforms into a vertiginous landscape, where lines spread out and curl to form waves, trees, faces, and bodies. Guo’s unique and eccentric weaving together of diverse fields of knowledge constitutes a striking form of self-empowerment. A philosopher, healer, and artist, she created drawings that function as cosmic diagrams, healing devices, and art.
In 2002, Guo made site-specific works for the Long March Project—A Walking Visual Display at Lugu Lake (Yunnan Province, China) and her work was subsequently featured in multiple exhibitions of contemporary art, including at the Museum of Everything (London, 2009); the 2006 Taipei Biennial; and The Encyclopedic Palace, the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).
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A work by Guo Fengyi is available for checkout in the Art Lending Collection at Braddock Carnegie Library.