Influenced by Confucianism and Taoism in Chinese Philosophy, I believe in the natural course of things- everything is connected. It is hard to define an object or situation without connecting it to certain time and space where everything co-exists in relativity. The harmony exists under constantly changing conditions.
In my art, I try to look at the world as a process. I examine how the individuals exist and coexist within a constantly changing environment.
While sitting in a quiet environment, I use painting as a way of meditation, freeing my mind from everyday life and get into a fantasy world. I start by photographing a tree, insect, textile, collapsed building and sculptures. I draw and change these images again and again, using the photocopying machine to combine two or three sketches into one, turning the images upside down. I modify the shapes until I create a new creature, which is usually the result of a combination of human body, animal, and plant. These hybrid images indicate different readings, allowing viewers to interpret them in their own way and inviting their mind to travel into their own internal worlds.
In my installation, I create images based on the existing marks, which indicate the natural principle- being is constantly changing and growing from its origin.
I like to use transparent materials, by confusing the relationship between image and its shadow, figure and ground, positive and negative space; from which I blur the boundary between illusion and reality. The images are broken into fragments and then reintegrated to make a new image that remains unstable and even awkward . The process of making a painting serves as a way of negotiating this tension. By arranging the density of marks, I suggest the pattern of life.
Artist Bio / CV
2007 MFA- Painting The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
2004 MFA – Painting Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
2000 BA.-Painting Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
2008 Linda Warrens Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Outrageous Look Gallery, NY 2005 Tian Lai- Sounds from heaven, Shigeko Bork Mu Project, Washington, DC
2009 Go OCT contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen,China
2008 2D/3D negotiating Visual Languages, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
2007 New Insight, Art Chicago 2007, Chicago, IL
Diverse Visions, Walsh Gallery , Seton Hall University, NJ
2006 Joan Mitchell Award Recipient show, Cue Art Foundation, NY
New Chinese Occidentalism, Ethan Cohen Gallery, NY
2005 Illinois Women Artists 2005, Cage Gallery, Chicago
Summer Show, Kraushaar Gallery, NY
Goodbye Exclusive World: Meditations on Transience, Outrageous Look Gallery, NY
Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition, Montclair Art Museum, NJ
2004 XS-The Mini Work, Tattfoo Gallery, NY
Summer Show 2004, Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong
Meat/ Young Blood- New Jersey’s New Masters, Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, NJ
12& Under, Amos Eno Gallery, NY
Krispy Juicy, White Box Annex Gallery, NY
2003 Works on Paper, Perkins Center for the Arts, NJ
Fourteen at 1978, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, NJ
2002 17th Asian International Art Exhibition, Korea
New Urbanism, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Mark Vs Face, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
2001 South Engine Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gallery of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
2000 Guangdong Contemporary Oil Painting Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art
2002 “Face”-Unexpected Series, Guangdong Museum of Art, China.
1999 Male Figure Drawing, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China.
2007 Art Omi Artist in residency, NY
Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship
Camargo Foundation, France
2006 I-Park artist in residency , CT
2004 Joan Mitchell Foundation
2003 Graduate Student Citation Award for the School of the Art, MSU.
2007 Seton Hall University, NJ
2005 Washington Post, Thursday, Oct.20,