Airseed Mono #1
Airseed Mono #1 is a process drawing that explores the art of capturing a fleeting moment. It was an experiment with materials and process. She finds potential for projects by spending time experimenting with different materials until something surprising happens. Airseed Mono #1 was discovered by experimenting with Sumi Ink on Yupo paper, which created an array of fleeting and temporal bubbles. The overhead lamp Beili Liu was using began to bake the bubbles along their edges onto the paper, thereby capturing their temporal nature directly onto the Yupo paper. Discovering a new image and process was tedious but exciting. There was a lot of limitation in creating the drawings because the bubbles could only be so large. However, through serigraphy Beili Liu had the means to enlarge the image onto a fine art print. Being new to the process of creating hand-pulled serigraphs, Beili Liu found it exciting to experiment with the unique process of combining colors and layers to create one complete image.
Beili Liu was born in China and moved to the U.S. in 1989. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan in 2003 and currently works as an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin. As an artist, Liu’s practice is multidisciplinary and focuses heavily on process-based installations. She uses everyday materials like thread, soap and paper to create powerful images and installations that reflect and promote cultural specificity and exchange.