Jie Ye (Sophia) Li
Jie Ye (Sophia) Li is an emerging artist based in Sydney. Her Chinese background and strong ties with the Chinese identity enables her to represent a unique perspective of young Chinese natives living in Australia. Her practice is a reflection of her conflicting identity within society as she builds a world of confusion and alienation. Working with unique mediums, Jie Ye Li creates immersive experiences that navigate the concept of identity. Currently finishing her Bachelor of Fine art at National Art School, Jie Ye Li has also accumulated artistic experiences from her frequent visits to China. Equipped with strong technical training in traditional visual art methods and mediums, she combines traditional elements with new methods and technology to create a refreshing combination of east and west, old and the new.
“My practice stems from the natural association with the concept of identity and my curiosity towards the implications of identity in which an object brings. My works employ and explore many different materials and methods. These materials are common objects in my daily life, such as expanding foam, cotton, and cardboard. I attempt to stimulate unique connections between these unrelated materials, as they appear in my work simultaneously. These connections create unusual relationships within my artworks, whether it’s a sense of harmony through similar colours or conflict through contrasting textures. Through exploring and manipulating the language of colour, I journey towards the alien and the unfamiliar; a world that prompts confusion, alienation and uncertainty. ” – Jie Ye ( Sophia) Li.