Chinese fiber artist Shi Hui visits SF State
Chinese fiber artist and curator Shi Hui, acclaimed for her artwork incorporating natural materials such as cotton and paper pulp, met with SF State students and faculty on Sept. 17 and shared insights about her creative vision. "I like to use these materials because they have a natural life force to them," she said. "When I use these fibers, I actually feel something."
Shi began her career creating traditional woven pieces and emerged as one of China's leading fiber artists in the late 1980s. Her work evolved to include massive installations that mimic clouds, mountains and walls, made with such materials as paper, bamboo and dried herbs. "She has a fantastic body of work," said Victor De La Rosa, associate professor of art. "Sculptors and painters now use fiber in a way that is abstract and emotive, and she was definitely at the forefront of that."
Shi is also the chair of the Fiber Art and Space Studio of the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, which has become "an international 'who's who' in fiber and textile media," according to De La Rosa.
"I think her art is very powerful because it's very pure and close to nature," said Yi-Hsuan Lee, a graduate student in the Chinese program who attended Shi's lecture. "The way she expresses herself is very touching."