" Food connects us in a disparate way during the pandemic. When we couldn't gather and eat together, my family, friends and relatives started doorstep delivery; we sent homemade food to each other. I created stop motion video Sharing Food based on my experience driving to my friend's family to deliver Cai Mo. This vegetable-stuffed pancake is a traditional food from theprovince of He Nan, China, where my family originated.The elements in the video indicate the distanced connection between friends, food making process, pop-up delivery windows, virtual food sharing, and the recipe of Cai Mo. All black-coloured images shown in the video are relief prints that I hand-printed from carved lino blocks. The coloured layers are silkscreen prints, and the rectangular images at the end are both relief and silkscreen prints. These phone-shaped recipe prints are in an edition of 60; Idistributed the recipe to the audience as a way to share my favourite traditional dish, Cai Mo. " ——Yilu Xing
Silkscreen prints／94” x 74” / 2021
CMYK prints／22”x 30” / 2021
Silkscreen prints on ceramic serving plate／2” x15” x 10.5” / 2019
lithography and silkscreen print／18.5” x 23.5” / 2018
Ceramics／Each 3.5” x 3” x 2.5” / 2018
Yilu Xing is an artist and a food enthusiast based in the Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 regions of Alberta, Canada. She holds a BFA from Alberta University of the Arts, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Alberta, specializing in Printmaking. From 2021 to the present, she is receiving the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, which supports her in continuing her research around culinary culture.
Immigrated from China at a young age, Xing’s definition of home is deeply rooted in food and familial traditions. She is interested in asking what food offers to us aside from nourishment. Influenced by traditional cuisine, Xing creates prints, ceramics and homemade edibles. Teaching and learning through practice and repetition are methods of mastering artistic techniques, engaging in knowledge creation around food practices, and transmitting family cooking traditions to the next generation. Through food-making, with which everyone may establish emotional connections, she exchanges stories with people around her and expresses parts of Chinese culture’s happiness, comfort, and nostalgia.
Ⅰ· 2022 Concordia University, “Questions ofFood”, public performance, Montreal, CAⅡ· 2021 Union Gallery, “Print Pulse 30”, Queen’s University, Kingston, CAⅢ· 2020 The Speedball website, “5th New Impressions Printmaking Competition Winners-Screen Printing”, online exhibitionⅣ· 2020 The Sawtooth School for Visual Arts Gallery, “New Impressions Print Competition exhibition”, Winston- Salem, USA Ⅴ· 2020 Alberta University of the Arts, “Grad Show”, online exhibition Ⅵ· 2020 Fridge Gallery, “Untitled”, solo exhibition, Calgary, CA Ⅶ· 2020 Calgary International Airport, “AUArts Student Artwork” , Calgary, CA Ⅷ· 2019 The Speedball website, “4th New Impressions Printmaking Competition Winners-Wild Card”, online exhibition
Ⅰ· Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design Scholarships. UofA. 2021-22Ⅱ· Alberta Foundation of the Arts Graduate Scholarship. UofA. 2021-22Ⅲ· Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Government of Canada. 2021-22Ⅳ·Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship. UofA. 2021 Ⅴ· Harriet Snowball Winspear Scholarship. UofA. 2020 Ⅵ· 5th New Impressions Printmaking Competition. Screen Printing third place. Speedball Art. 2020 Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship. Government of Alberta. 2019 Ⅶ· Innovative Print Project Scholarship. AUArts. 2019 Ⅷ·4th New Impressions Printmaking Competition. Wild Card third place. Speedball Art. 2019 Illingworth Kerr Travel Scholarship. AUArts. 2018
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Initiator & Director
Melanie WilminkCaspar Fairhall Curators AssistantMaggie Bai Haru Liu Nyusa Zhou Joanne Yeung Uchida Ma Yien Wang Sarah Yang Lcey Yin Chloe Zhang Wendy Peng Consultant Joel Ong OrganizerSino-Canada Alliance of Arts and CultureLuxun Academy of Fine Arts gallerySensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and TechnologyYork University Centre for Asian Researchthe School of Visual Communication Design of LAFA
Funding by the Canada-China Initiative Fund Committee at the York Centre for Asian Research
Funding by the “Double First-Class” Project of Luxun Academy of Fine Arts
About the exhibition
Art is a language that doesn’t need translation. For a long time, art has played an important role in the communication between China and other countries. In the context of economic globalization, cultures from all over the world collide and fuse with each other, forming a multi-cultural network. Chinese culture and various cultures of other countries meet here, forming a strong and diverse artistic atmosphere As globalization makes the cultural and artistic exchanges between countries more frequent and more closely connected, the optimization of the international artistic ecological environment also provides new opportunities for the evolution of art. Art is enriched by exchanges and mutual learning; the development of art requires international exchanges and cooperation, the active participation of artists from all countries, the sharing of ideas, the collision of hearts and the blending of emotions.This initiative is hosted by the Sino-Canada Alliance of Arts and Culture,York University Centre for Asian Research, Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts gallery, and the School of Visual Communication Design of LAFA, with funds from the Canada-China Initiative Grant from York Centre for Asian Research, and Double first-class project approved by Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibition showcases outstanding works of art by young artists from all over the world, strengthens exchanges between artists from all over the world, and promotes the "beauty of each other and the beauty of the other" in Chinese and foreign cultures. By supporting art exchange activities between international artists , promoting the understanding of the different national cultures, and breaking through group and language barriers, we aim to achieve more commonality between people, creating communication, understanding,and fusion,thereby further optimizing the ecological environment,new opportunities for the artistic.This exhibition shows the vitality of the interdependence and common development of Chinese culture and the world civilization, promotes the pace of Chinese art to the world, and has a positive impact on promoting the inheritance and development of Chinese culture and strengthening the international exchange of Chinese culture. After the exhibition committee’s review, a total of 47 artists from 43 regions in the world have been selected into the "Crossing Time Zones·2022 China-Canada-Australia Emerging Artists Communication Exhibition". We will introduce the participating artists issue by issue, welcome your attention and subscription.
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