Faye Wei Wei, Hookers Green Lake


Hooker’s Green Lake presents a series of recent drawings by Faye Wei Wei.

Printed in Italy, December 2020, published by Editions Lutanie, with the support of Cob Gallery, 280 x 203 mm, 32 pages

'Wei Wei’s art is recognisable for its romance and lyricism, often featuring symbolic creatures drawn from myth and figures based on the artist’s close circle of friends. She has cited feeling inspired by stories, films, poetry and paintings – musing on the colour Hooker’s Green Lake, she mentions Cy Twombly’s 1980s Green Paintings, and Virginia Woolf’s Blue and Green – but the restrictions imposed this year in London provided Wei Wei with alternative, and bittersweet, inspiration for these new pieces. “The drawings mostly came about from this year, during lockdown. My friend Dora passed away and it made a big hole in my heart. And so I just would draw and just fill leaf after leaf with love and felt a hunger for a new language,” she says. “I was transfixed into making and the drawings surprised me – they feel unexpected, they were born from real pain, but a real love too.” Tinged with the ache of separation and loss, the drawings in Hooker’s Green Lake take on a new tenderness. “You can’t possibly help but think about the people you love when you draw, it comes out before you even know what you feel, there is a magic in that I really believe in.” ' (Anothermag.com)