BFA  Cooper Union, 2010

MFA  Yale University, 2020

 

Ye Qin Zhu was born in Taishan, China (1986), to farmers who met in the factories of Shenzhen city. His family immigrated to NYC in 1990. He grew up in a house with a vegetable garden in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. These histories propel him. Their currents—manufacture and gardening, belonging and displacement, anarchy and citizenry, spirit and material—are split modes that fold over, burrowing and resurfacing. Through art-making, Zhu is in conversation with their movements.

Healing is at the core of Zhu’s work. Drawing from his personal experiences of home-seeking, Zhu finds common ground for solace through image-making and storytelling. His depictions of the spirit shattering and then mending (​Continuations​, 2020) are meditations on how ideas can press onto the body and mind. Zhu insists on bridging the material and the spiritual; his proposition is that matter, in its manipulation, has an alchemical relation to moods or states-of-mind, and vice versa. Zhu's art depicts how beliefs can travel, become embodied or projected, through internalizing and externalizing, from one body to another—the exchange of mood and matter, and matter and mood. Wounds and remedies may travel these routes. From this root relation, Zhu seeks pathways towards personal, ancestral, and social healing.

From 2014 to 2016, Zhu and his brother ran an art school called Redwood Art Studio. With an emphasis on exploration and personal growth, the school taught drawing and painting to youth in the community they grew up in, Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In 2012, Zhu co-created Socotra Studio, a collaborative project exploring material property, ritual, craft, and function. From 2008 to 2012 and 2016 to 2017, Zhu was the Program Manager at Art Palestine International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Palestinian art. From 2020 to present, Zhu has been working with New Haven's Department of Cultural Affairs to create a COVID-19 Memorial for the city. He is also the designer for the Memorial for Healthcare Workers for Yale School of Medicine. Currently he is the Innovation Fellow at Tsai CITY and Yale Schwarzman Center.

Photo credit: Alan S. Chin

Photo credit: Piotr Shtyk

Photo credit: Piotr Shtyk

Photo credit: Alan S. Chin

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Seeker at Pugwash

At Pugwash (photo of me by artist Piotr Styk)

Sculptures of Arhat, 2017, by Ye Qin Zhu. 15 page preview

Please email me to purchase a copy. 52 pages, $10.

A hand-bound zine. 2010

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Heart and Lung and Heart and Lung and....

Watercolor on rice paper. 2016 - 2017. A series of paintings for my book Sculptures of Arhat.
The Eternity of Dragonflies
The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers
Maya and the Mycelial Network
The Stars Are Out and There's a Leopard Between the Fireflies and Mist
Dreaming the Same Dream
Implode Room
FUNGIs
Rapids Wafting, Wading, and Weaving
The Traveling Thoughts of an Organism
Labyrinth of Leaves and Berries
A Universe
Heart and Lung and Heart and Lung and Heart and Lung...
The Cosmos of Seeds
Root Talking Root
All Seeing All Being All Feeling All Changing
Arhat (Luohan)
Becoming Dense and Distinct
Becoming Dense and Distinct

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: spruce, rocks, seeds, twigs, cloth, hot glue, rubber band, watercolor, leaves and flowers.

Becoming Dense and Distinct
Becoming Dense and Distinct

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: spruce, rocks, seeds, twigs, cloth, hot glue, rubber band, watercolor, leaves and flowers.

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No Gain, No Loss
No Gain, No Loss

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: sunflower, potting soil, beeswax, SONY headphones, pigment.

No Gain, No Loss
No Gain, No Loss

Ye Qin Zhu | 2017 | Materials: sunflower, potting soil, beeswax, SONY headphones, pigment.

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