It's been such a pleasure assisting the guest curator Danni Shen with the research and logistics of Offworlds on behalf of the gallery. Here are the artist blurbs I drafted for a quick introduction of our 18 female Asian Diasporic artists:
Through multi-medium sculptures and installations that reconfigure natural objects and hand-made artifacts, Shuyi Cao’s interdisciplinary practice synthesizes alchemical and organic approaches in ways that mediate on the temporality and plurality of relations between sciences, technocultures, mythologies, and cosmologies.
A mixed-media artist focusing on social practices, Doreen Chan examines fragments of everyday life as investigations into the psychological space, temporal and interpersonal relationships, and personal memories and experiences.
Inspired by her diasporic experiences and perspective as a former interpreter, Furen Dai’s multidisciplinary practices focus on the economy of the culture industry, (mal-)function of languages, and their socio-political underpinnings of past and present.
Using saturated and sensuous hues, Dominique Fung examines Asiatic objects and female iconographies in confrontation with eerie gazes of otherness and exoticization, thereby reclaiming displaced ancestral memory in a surrealist light.
Playing with a diversity of materialities and surface textures, Antonia Kuo fabricates works that counteract flatness and voluminosity, rigid and fractured forms, and illusionistic and realistic spaces with imprints indicative of the production process.
Interweaving personal experiences and common human conditions, Jia-Jen Lin stages installations to contemplate the different socio-cultural positionality of bodies engaged in manufacturing labor, physical and psychological sustenance, and phenomenological interactions with their surroundings.
Integrating emerging technologies with human subjectivity, research-based experimental artist Ani Liu traverses the intersection of art and science with her explorations of motions, gender, labor, simulation, and sexuality and their socio-cultural and bioethical underpinnings.
With various forms of advanced technology, artist and engineer Xin Liu creates scientific narratives related to space, time, and personal identity to examine and reconcile our daily experiences in macro- and micro-scales.
Using papers and textiles as a metaphor for her “second skin,” Xinyi Liu composes works with mulberry paper, gauze, and washcloth imprinted with her own skin and hands to reference medical processes of treating wounds to heal.
Exploring the intersection of human history and tool creation, Tan Mu meditates on the socio-technological construction of modern society while investigating processes in microscopes, satellites, and human imagination.
An advocate for decolonization through the lens of the body, Goldie Poblador uses her practice of glassblowing to investigate issues of feminism and the environment through sculpture, performance, video, installation, and sensory experiences.
With a digitized vision of future, multidisciplinary artist Lau Wai examines the role of emerging technologies in our representation and identification of reality and the development of personal archives and memories.
With painting and roleplay as her mediums of exploration, first-generation Chinese American artist Augustina Wang interrogates Asian femme identity in relation to a history of subjugation while rebuilding a sexual, generational, and primordial identity.
Monumentalizing the mundane architectural forms, Anne Wu imbues her sculptural re-making of familiar architectural elements and decorative motifs with a sense of identity, inheritance, and history.
Referencing the idea of “playbour” as a hybrid of play and labor, Huidi Xiang creates pop-culture-influenced sculptural objects, installations, and systems to examine the processes of power exchange, world-making, and circulation of icons in late capitalist society.
Using pre-owned materials obtained from second-hand shopping, Rachel Youn reanimates and recontextualizes out-of-use objects in her sculptures and installations imbued with notions of history, failure, and abandonment.
A multi-disciplinary artist, researcher, and organizer of projects internationally, Lu Zhang investigates the transference of knowledge and cognitive experiences in linguistic productions and audio-visual circulation.
Constructing sculptural forms of non-conformity, Stella Zhong explores one’s spatial, experiential and epistemic relationships with the built environment, while reassessing the ideas of belonging, anonymity, and dissociation.
Photo Courtesy the artists and YveYANG Gallery