At first glance, my painting and installation may seem childlike, simple and happy. Through playing with the boundary of superficial commercialized objects such as playpens, birthday cakes and common craft items, I create conflict scenarios. I ask that the viewer become a participant first by playing with my meticulously hand-crafted objects and through engaging their senses. The participant is forced back into their own childhood where narrative and meaning emerge from playing, drawing, acting, smelling, touching and tasting.
Just as the Hello Kitty cartoon is an image distilled from the nuclear mushroom cloud, my saccharine scenarios allow me to work with larger themes of gender inequality and cultural conflict. As a Chinese woman residing in a city with a legacy of discrimination, I possess an understanding of dislocation and cultural misunderstandings. Having moved from China by myself to the U.S. when I was 22, I now find that I do not exactly feel a part of either country. Because of this background, I draw attention to the struggles that I’ve experienced such as not knowing where my home is, and which group of people I belong to, while being unfamiliar with both Chinese and Western culture.
2017-2019 M.F.A. in Studio Art, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2013-2017 B.A. in Multimedia and Theatre&Film, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Color, Paul Sack Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Take Your Broken Heart, Make It Into Art, Swell Gallery Outside Wall, San Francisco, CA
The Dump of Broken Hearts, SFAI Fort Mason Campus Atrium, San Francisco, CA
China: A Transforming Society, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group Exhibitions/ Performances
Photography Without Camera, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Rule No Rule, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Happy Birthday!, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Lyons New Media Centre, Hamilton, ON
Factory Media Center, Hamilton, ON
Root Division, MFA Now Archive. 64.
Emerge Media Awards: the First Place in the Category of Photography
Incite Magazine, Vol. 19 Issue 3, 44-45.
Incite Magazine, Vol. 19, Issue 4, 60.