XIAOJING YAN

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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 Western 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.

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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Education:

M.F.A. 2007 Sculpture, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA. USA;

B.F.A. 2000 Decorative Art, Nanjing Art Institute, Jiangsu, China;

Certificate 2004 Jewelry Essentials, George Brown College, Toronto, Canada;

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World of Thread Festival
-The Black and Red

Sat. Nov. 1 - Sun. Nov. 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Sat. Nov. 1, 2014, 2 - 4 pm

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre,2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, Ontario
 

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Toronto Internation Art Fair
 

October 24-27, 2014
 

METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE North Building, Exhibit Hall A & B 255 Front Street West
 

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Red & White Melody
 

November 24
 

Closing reception Thursday November 20, at 6:00 PM
+15 Window at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary 2009 10 Ave S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 0K4

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