About the Artist
In 2001, along with 300,000 others like me, I came to the US on an F-1 visa to pursue a graduate degree in Biology. Four years later I left the field of Molecular Biology, and soon after became a visual artist. I studied art abroad in Florence, Italy in 2010 for a month. In 2012 I started the BFA program at the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. A group of three students I led won the “Professional Development Travel Initiative (NYC) Award”. Soon after graduating in 2015, I held a solo show at Julia C. Butridge Gallery in Austin.In 2016, I participated in the Summerscool Program at Co-lab Projects where I developed a technique for casting plaster from molds made from digital models. The four-month project culminated in a group show where I exhibited ten life size sculptures depicting young Chinese girls adopted into Western families. I exhibited in many local group shows at venues including UT’s Visual Arts Center, Women and Their Work Gallery, DEMO gallery and Cloud Tree Studios and Gallery in Austin. In 2019, I participated in Shanghai Young Art Fair, Shanghai, China.
As an immigrant to the US from China, feeling out of place geographically, psychologically and linguistically significantly impacts my way of seeing the world. The displacement of people into a different culture can strengthen our connections to the original culture and show us how deeply it has shaped our ways of thinking. But it also gives us opportunities to question the traditional values we have always held and taken for granted.Through observing my own relationships with my parents, with my child, with my Euro-American husband and with other Americans, I find ways to explore our attachment to and detachment from our family and habitat, and question the role of individualism in family oriented culture. Growing up in Chinese culture and now immersed in American culture, I am always aware of the two contrasting-sometimes conflicting-cultures meeting, blending and colliding within myself. The encounter between adaptation and identity challenges one’s loyalty to past and future.I use a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, installation and film that acknowledge or incorporate the effects of science and technology. Trained as a scientist for eight years, my works contain an underlying edge of precision and remain suffused with intent to draw attention to the impact our relationships to our surroundings have on our psychological beings.