Wei Yimu 魏一目

Artist 艺术家

A kid taught me how to draw “Schnäbi,” but my penis paintings arouse no sexual desire.

08: 50-09: 10 CET 28/05/2021

Six years ago, a nine-year-old student made a drawing, which made a parody of male genitals by transforming “Schnäbi” into a weapon. Since then, I have realized that there is a huge difference between children’s and adult’s perception of genitals. The discovery struck me. I began exploring alternative phallic representations from a childlike perspective, such as portraying “Schnäbi” as toys for amusement, weapons, characters, etc. It is rather paradoxical for an adult to observe the world from children’s perspective. There is a gap in this contradictory relationship. However, this gap becomes a source of inspiration that motivates my creation. 

Wei Yimu is an artist and a professional in children’s art education. He has been working on children’s art education for seven years. Besides providing artistic and aesthetic education, he attempts to apply pedagogical approaches to exploring the relationship between art education and creation. He often curates and takes part in children’s art exhibitions, art courses, and public programs. He uses art as the tool to enhance inter-human and art-human relationships, as well as to open discussions about art amongst different communities. In his solo exhibition Rainbow Headquarters (2017), he attempted to visualize the utopia of pluralistic identities from a childlike perspective. In 2020, he started incorporating the motif of “Schnäbi” in his daily art creation, while treating his artistic exploration of different meanings of phallic representation as a daily practice.

我从儿童身上学习,画出没有性欲的丁丁

六年前,一个九岁学员课前画了一幅小画,内容大概是恶搞男性性器官,把“丁丁”变成一件武器的作品。那时候我发现儿童对性器官的认知与成年人有着很大的差异。这令我感到很新鲜,而且给我冲击感。从此,我开始尝试探索“丁丁”不同的呈现方式,用儿童的角度去把“丁丁”玩具化、武器化、角色化等等。作为一个成年人却要用儿童的角度去观察事物是一件很矛盾的事,但这种矛盾里有一个缺口,成年与童年之间的缺口是我创作的动力。

魏一目是一名艺术创作者和儿童艺术教育工作者。他已经从事儿童艺术教育工作七年。除日常美育教学以外,他也尝试用教学的方式探索艺术教育与艺术创作之间的连接。他常参与并组织儿童艺术展览、美术馆课堂、公共教育等项目。他希望以艺术拉近人与人、人与艺术的关系,并激发不同社群对艺术的讨论。在2017年的“彩虹基地”个展中,他试以儿童化的视角建构多元化身份的乌托邦。在2020年,他用“丁丁”元素来进行轻松的日常创作,将绘画日常化,并探索“丁丁”符号的不同定义。