梅飞雪 Feixue Mei is a designer/artist/illustrator/educator from China and based in US. Her creative practice has been recognized by the International Design Awards (IDA), Graphis, American Illustration, 3x3 International Illustration Awards, JIA Illustration Award, Indigo Design Awards among others. Her clients include the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. She has chaired and presented at numerous international conferences such as the CAA Conference and the SECAC Conference. Her research has been published by various international peer-reviewed journals including Source: Notes in the History of Art and Transformative Works and Cultures. Collections featuring her self-initiated publications include the Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as Printed Matter. She and her work have been featured on Creative Boom, Aesthetica, e-flux, and other press. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Fanny Fox Decker Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Palazzo Bembo in Italy, and Nanyang Technology University Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore.

She holds an MFA in Design with a concentration in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, a BFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University, and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from Central China Normal University.

Artist Statement

My creative work and research examine cultural production as a means of questioning and challenging social norms. I employ diverse methods, including languages (writings), print and digital publications, videos, and interactive platforms. I am particularly intrigued by the influence of social media, online platforms, and shared spaces on individuals’ cultural identities and their potential to facilitate community building and share the voices of marginalized groups. I create conceptual, iconic imagery and incorporate rich narrative details. Influences such as internet culture, animation, comics, Surrealism, and Chinese folk decorative art have shaped my intricate style. Cultures and visuals migrate across geographical boundaries through the internet and social media. Fluid identity, otherness, mistranslation, displacement, and the struggle to find one’s own community are essential aspects of my practice. Through adaptation, appropriation, and reproduction, I liberate symbols and visuals from their original contexts, weaving them into new narratives. I aim to make the familiar unfamiliar, opening the door to various interpretations and meanings. Embracing Maximalism, I believe in “more is more,” navigating the complexities of multiple online and offline identities. These identities and labels interact, struggle, and coalesce, ultimately define who we are.

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