8 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON N2L 1S7
Artist Concept Statement:
As a foreigner immigrating to a new country and moving to a new city, Brubey’s first step is to pull up a map to see how she wants to explore the city. She is inspired by the way a city’s streets are distinctly constructed, and the unique culture they represent by their straight or curvy lines or where the paths meet. Brubey was inspired by legendary Graphic Designer Paula Scher’s recent paintings of maps. She simplified Waterloo’s roads and streets into intersectional lines, and employed contrasting yet welcoming colours to bring attention to the abstract map and how the city is constructed.
Reason for Participating in Art Fresco Public Art Project:
After her recent graduation from the MFA program at the University of Waterloo, Brubey made a decision to stay in Waterloo Region for another year to explore the Waterloo art scene. As an artist and designer, she has never gotten a chance to be involved in a public community project. Through the Art Fresco Project, she hopes to bring a different visual perspective as a Chinese immigrant.
Brubey (Wanzhi) Hu (b. 1994) is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Waterloo. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with major in General Fine Arts and concentrations in Graphic Design and Book Arts. Brubey works mostly with, but not limited to, painting and artists’ book, with interests in architecture, dualism, translation, memory, and colour theory. Originally born in Xiamen China, Brubey moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2011 for high school, and then to the United States for her undergrad. Brubey’s work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and China. In 2018, Brubey participated in a BAiR Emerging Visual and Digital Arts Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In the Artist Project 2019 in Toronto ON, Brubey was one of the finalists of the Untapped Emerging Artist Competition.