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ABOUT ME

As an artist migrating from China to North America, both my identity and my work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. Making art is a transmigration of my ideas, and thus my spirit, move through and with the different layers of my physical experience.

In an effort to shape myself, I take traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvent them within a contemporary aesthetic and presentation. In the series, Flux, I use the reeds and red tissue paper of Chinese lantern making to mold the fragile cocoons of  an immigrant life – where staying safe and protected within an unfamiliar, often intimidating cultural environment is essential to emerging and adapting with a reincarnated identity.

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BIOGRAPHY
EDUCATION

2007 M.F.A. Sculpture, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA. USA
2004 Certificate Jewelry Essentials, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada
2000 B.F.A. Decorative Art, Nanjing Arts Institute, Jiangsu, China

TECHNIQUE

In my art, every idea travels through the intricate passageway of how I think in Chinese but speak in English. Choosing the right material for my work is like choosing the right word in my vocabulary. For Guan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion, I applied the red threads used to make tassels for Chinese lanterns to a statue I had cast of her, and then, even though she was touching the floor, I suspended her by a wire to show how, in my adopted culture, I am suspended between what I used to be and what I am becoming. I use the minimalist concepts and theatricality of my work to expose the intricate layers of my internal world where Chinese culture, training and traditions inspire my work so I can build a bridge of survival, safety and adaptation to the foreign land that molds and informs my work. I filter Chinese thoughts through English words, English words through Chinese culture, and my images through the concepts of my art – all the while my core sense of Self remains suspended above and between these two worlds.

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EXPERTISE
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AWARDS

2018 Research and Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2018 Concept to Realize Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2018 Chalmers Professional Development Projects Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2018 Artist Aboard Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2018 Exhibition Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2017 Project Grant to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
2017 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2017 Mid-Career Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2016 Chalmers Arts Fellowships, Ontario Arts Council
2016 Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2016 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2)
2015 Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2015 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2014 Young Alumni Achievement Award, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2014 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (3)
2013 Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2013 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2013 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2)
2013 Mandarin Profile Awards, Fairchild TV, Canada
2012 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (3)
2011 International Conference Travel Grant, College Art Association, New York, USA
2011 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (3)
2011 Best of Show Award, Annual Juried Exhibition, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
2010 Project Grant, Toronto Arts Council
2010 Exhibition Assistant Grant, Ontario Arts Council (2)
2009 Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2009 Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2009 Best of Show Award, 135th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists
2008 Emerging Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council
2006 Graduate Student Research Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2005 University Senate Travel and Research Grant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004 Merit Scholarship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004-2007 Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA
2004 Dean’s Metal Award-for achieving the highest GPA, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2018
In Suspended Silence, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC Canada (Sep-Nov)
Auspicious Omens, Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China (Jan-Mar)

2017
Between Water and Mountains, Zhangjiagang Museum, Zhangjiagang, China (Dec 2017 -Jan 2o18)
Out From Among The Tranquil Woods, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario, Canada (Sep 2017-Jan 2018)
Floating, Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario, Canada (July-Sep)
Under the Willow Tree, Kontort Project Space, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada (Feb-Mar)

2015
Hybrid Vigour, The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, Ontario, Canada (Jun-Jul)
Cloud Cell, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Jan)
New Growth-Breath in Unison, Orleans Gallery, Ottawa School of Art, Ontario, Canada (Mar-Apr)

2014
Red and White Melody, +15 WINDOW SPACE, Truck Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada (Oct-Nov)
Innocence & Experience, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Aug-Sept)

2012
A Grasp of Shadows, Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Mar)
The Language of Life, Fairview Library Gallery, Toronto, Canada (May)

2011
New Growth, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario, Canada (Oct-Dec)
Bridge, Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (Feb-Apr)
Cloudscape, Exhibition in corresponding to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum, Toronto, Canada (Oct)

2010 Shells, Cocoons and Clouds, IndexG Gallery, Toronto, Canada (Mar-Apr)
2009 Floating, Phoenix Art Gallery, Nanjing, China (Nov)
2008 The Language of Life, Bluff Gallery, Scarborough Arts Council, Canada
2006 Transmigration and Spirit, thesis exhibition, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA (Jun)
2004 One person exhibition, Miller Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

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