A series of illustrations represent my reflection on people’s negative group behavior. An individual immersed for some length of time in a crowd soon finds oneself either in consequence of magnetic influence given out by the crowd or from some other cause of which we are ignorant. They are impulsive and irritable. They exaggerate the sentiments. They follow each other. They judge for no reason. Each image focuses on a particular theme, such as cyberbully, bad words on social media, fan gaze, and judgment, and more.
How technology influences people’s life? What will happen when contemporary technology meets with traditional Chinese paintings? If ancient people have access to the internet, they would have access to tons of information around the world. How will they respond to this information? Will information change their opinions? Will information change their aesthetic standard? Will they be self-conscious about their appearances? Will they use contemporary technology to change their appearances? How would they respond to other people’s judgments? Their physical bodies are falling, fading, and drowning in cyberspace. Their online identities are shaped by people’s comments and follower’s reactions. Bad words become cyberbully, they are accumulating and expanding. What will happen when the boundary is distorted? Can they escape from the virtual? What is real? They are always being judged again and again.
Feixue Mei is an interdisciplinary artist and an Assistant Professor at Northwest Missouri State University. She is fascinated by mass media and internet culture. Her work explores diverse media such as publications, videos, performances, illustrations, comics, and installations. Her creative practice and research have been recognized by the PCA/ ACA Conferences; Printed Matter Art Book Fairs; Art and Education, a collaboration between Artforum and e_flux; International Design Award (IDA), COW illustration festival in Ukraine; Video Snack Festival and Missouri Art Now, a traveling exhibition including 5 galleries. Mei has exhibited in various places including Grace Street Theatre, The Anderson and Cherry Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; SVA Theatre in New York; 5&J Gallery in Lubbock, Texas, and Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California. She earned an MFA in Design with a concentration in visual communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, a BFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University, and a BFA in Visual Communications from Central China Normal University.