Lucid Dreams by Dongyi Wu

Lucid Dreams by Dongyi Wu

July 5 – July 24, 2019

RECEPTION: Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 6 PM - 9 PM

Artist Statement:

Dongyi Wu was born and raised in China. After completing her undergraduate

education at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in Beijing, China,

Dongyi Wu came to Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) to work

on her Master’s Degree in Metals and Jewelry Design. After that, she

continually worked as a studio residency in RIT. Now she is currently living in

San Antonio and working as an artist resident and faculty instructor at

Southwest School of Arts in San Antonio, TX.

Dongyi Wu is often influenced by psychology and literary works. She has

pursued the essence of the phenomenon hidden behind appearance. In her

works, it is always an essential part to explore types of emotions since she

believes the emotions can show the real motivation for doing things.

“Lucid Dreams” is her second solo exhibition, which feature her recent

wearable artworks, body jewelry, sculptures, several of which are

awarding-winning. “Lucid Dreams” continues focusing on expressing emotions

by exploring stories took place in daily life and night dreams. Wu has focused

on exploring night dreams from 2015. She believes that people have various

images that arise in their dreams caused by daily experiences, personal

matters, and sensations experienced in our lives. All images or ideas that

occur in dreams are recreated, and real emotions are able to appear clearly.

Emotions in dreams tend to be real and clear, and people’s sensitivity to them

promotes the clarity of genuine emotion. Such as her series sculptural works

named “Dreams” and “Continuous dreams,” she wants to express the anxiety

concealed by daily life by exploring people’s dreams. However, from 2017, Wu

was not limited to the expression of dreamy images. She found the power of

small scenes in daily lives, which those scenes appear to have little meaning,

but actually have the power to reveal hidden emotions. Combining the stories

from day and night, “Lucid Dreams” could be presented the emotions buried

deep in people’s minds.

Wu has her works shown worldwide, including the United States, China, and

Europe. Her last solo show “wandering in deep deep dreams” was held at

Gallery R, in Rochester, NY in 2018. Wu was finalists for the Lydon Emerging

Artist Program (LEAP) in 2019 and ENJOIA’T 2017 Contemporary Jewellery

Award in 2017. Wu was chosen to speak at the 48th annual Society of North

American Goldsmiths conference in Chicago as an Early Career Artist in 2019.

Wu’s artworks also have been featured in many publications, and the latest

publication showed her piece is the Autor Magazine #6 The Beauty, published

in Bucharest, Romania.


Instagram: @dongyi.w