Weihui Lu was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Queens, New York. Using the framework of Chinese landscape painting in a contemporary context, her practice explores diasporic experience through personal narrative, as well as the broader environmental and psychological implications of the modern landscape. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY, Trestle Gallery, and Queens College Art Center, among others, and she has been awarded residencies at Marble House Project, Santa Fe Art Institute, Transborder Art, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, ChaNorth, Arteles Creative Center, and Arts, Letters and Numbers. Lu is a co-curator at Bob’s Gallery, an experimental project space supporting emerging artists in Bushwick, NY. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University, and is pursing her MFA in Sculpture at Bard College.

I am interested in our relationship to time, land, and loss.

Using the framework of traditional Chinese landscape painting in a contemporary context, my work explores translucency and ancestral memory, image reproduction and degradation, and the land itself as something alive and prescient, capable of grief as much as we are capable of empathy. The connection between the environment and our mental states, as posited by Taoist and Buddhist spiritual understandings, feels particularly worth examining in our current moment.

Moving between painting, printmaking, and installation, I seek to create experiences rooted in body and space. I'm drawn to slow, craft-based processes, both as a mode of restoration and healing, and an alternative to the digital speed of modern-day image production and consumption.