Air dry clay, fabric
Rhizome (Deleuze and Guattari)
Rhizome resists the organizational structure of the root-tree system. A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, and inter-being
My Memory Field
At the end of last year, the three-storey high cherry tree that accompanied and supported me through the whole year's epidemic was cut down by the roots along with the rest of the pine trees. I hid my grief, which had nowhere to go, in a field of flowers. The process of making the petals by hand over and over again was also my silent mourning for these dead trees.
This is a very experimental set of works, and it is the first time I have tried to create a piece without a draft or any pre-design. As a designer/artist, I am grateful that I have found a good way to escape my negative eating habits and vent my emotions, therapy art. Each piece is a visual representation of my inner emotions.
Mengqi works in both 2D and 3D art including sculpture, jewelry, and photography. Each piece she designs tells a story and works to connect with the viewer on, a personal level. She got her BFA degree in Industrial Design in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently the sculpture MFA candidate in Pennsylvania State University. She uses food culture as metaphor for global issues and her own cross-culture identity. Her work invites people to experience the narrative, struggles and cultures relate to food, make them question how food and human behavior affects each other.