I am an artist of Chinese and ethnic minority background. Growing up in an ethnic minority family, I learned Chinese ink art from my grandpa, a calligrapher, and studied patterns and materials with my grandma, a Mien craftsman. It was the start of my art life there. After moving to Wuhan for my education, I went back to Guilin, my hometown almost for most of my school breaks. While talking and living with my grandparents, I was able to continue my initial interest in art by participating in my grandpa's workshops and studios there. While living in Wuhan, I expanded my interest to writing and comics and sometimes both.
However, it was not until the summer of 2014 when I started university in America that I realized I should make art my subject and career. After becoming a studio art major at Rice University, I began to explore my specific areas of passion in practicing art, and I serendipitously found they are painting, drawing, and installation. Throughout these mediums I feel most comfortable with, I love to explore the individual experience of living a discreet map of geographies and struggling with multiple identities just as I do. Apart from my studio life, I also received an art history degree from Rice and I am currently finishing my MA degree in Critical Studies of Fine Art at California Institute of Arts in Valencia, California. Consequently, the audiences can always observe a propensity in my artworks to combine the theoretical aspect and the material/making aspect of post-war Chinese and American art, which I see as an influence from my second background as a curator and writer. In fact, I am constantly incorporating textual elements including poetry, critic, and films into my installations and watercolors. No matter what mediums I practice, I strive to bring out the intriguing and urgent tension between tradition and contemporality, East and West in a non-binary sense and individual versus the crowd.
I believe I will continue to explore more mediums but in the service of my goal: to allow my audiences to live their experiences through me, an individual vehicle of discreet life and cultural experiences, just like anyone else.