Ping Qiu, Artist (China/Germany)
»Mushroom Tree, Spider, Webs and Water Research«
For many years I concentrated my art work on themes like nature, environment und high technology. We are living in a time, which is dominated by technology. For some project installations I use digital techniques, f.e. in "Watercyles" and "Drums". On the other hand my land art work "Europe" in the north of Germany, represents my dream of Europe. The European map of about 10.000 square meters contains flowers and plants of every kind. Many of my outdoor installations have a poetic quality, specially the waterlilies and spiderwebs.
My questions are, what kind of modern life we need and how shall we treat the nature.
Ping Qiu born 1961 in Wuhan, China. Lives for 20 years in Berlin, Germany. Education at the Art Academy of Hangzhou (China) and at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK) in Berlin. Numerous scholarships (selected): Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Foundation and 2008 „Artists in lab“ scholarship (Switzerland).
Exhibitions (selection): 1998 „Die Hälfte des Himmels“, Womens Museum Bonn, Germany (as Curator), 1999 „Open“ Venice, Italy, 2000 „Heimat - Kunst der Kulturen der Welt“, Berlin and „Continental Shift“ Musée d` Art Moderne, Liège, Belgien, 2002 „Bodies of Substance“ Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK and „Artcanal”, Switzerland, 2003 Havanna Biennial, Cuba, 2008 „Tier + Mensch“ Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg and „Birthrites“, Science Centre Glasgow, Manchester Museum UK, 2009 Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, UK and "Museums für Zeitgenössische Kunst" MoCA Skopje.
Large scale Landart project: 2006-09 „The Passages of Europe“, Pasewalk. Her special materials in art works are plastic gloves and water.