Since Apr 14, 2015, I have been doing finger drawing on the touchscreen of my cellphone and sharing such works via WeChat Moments every day. The “work” soon became my daily routine, since it brings me the happiness and excitement of art creation as well as some time to spend alone despite my daily hustle and bustle. As I do such work with my cellphone, which is essentially a part of my EDC (Every Day Carry), I can be rather adaptable to various work environments, e.g. buses, underground, taxis, cafés, restaurants, classrooms, hospitals, curbsides, my living room, and sometimes the couch in my studio. The routine has been well-maintained even when I was away from home, either for work or trip, as it has become the “visual log” of my life. The themes of those drawings vary from the sketching of common things in life, reminiscence of specific scenarios, peculiar expressions of my instant feelings, and the abstractive imagination of my life.
Researcher of Institute for Public Art (IPA), director of Shanghai Designer Association. Liu Yi is the founder of 61CREATIVE studio.Former course leader for Public Art Department in Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA). External experts of Product Design College of Shanghai Arts & Design Academy. Visiting professor of the School of Art and Design, Ji Mei University. Liu Yi’s practice explores the relationships between body and space, spirits and materials, individual and public, presence and absence of culture. The unique style of combining classic figure with contemporary colors， presented in the daily digital drawing on his smart phone, has interpreted not only artist’s curiosity and mythological imagination of life, but also his personal memories and experiences. The drawings, which seemed like children’s doodling, have shared overwhelming empathy with the audiences since the works reflected vivid life experiences. Meanwhile, Liu Yi has also taken his interest in creating narratives lying between digital media, materiality and subject. Thus, his artistic practice has taken place in both graphic and spatial ways based on daily life and social scenery.