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Mar 20
Art and Art History presents Xiaojing Yan

Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location Trafalgar Road Campus, Annie Smith Arts Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 2L1

Xiaojing Yan is known for her intricate sculptural installations that explore the intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. Even though Yan has lived in Canada for over 16 years, her relationship to Eastern and Western cultural practices is still very much at the centre of her artistic practice. She explains that “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.” The body of work created thus far by Yan is an attempt by the artist to shape (or re-shape) her sense of self. She does this by transforming traditional Chinese materials and techniques, and subverting their intended uses. Yan revisits her own identity as a first generation Canadian, while offering contemporary perspectives on issues of mortality, belonging and contemplation. 
Yan received an M.F.A in Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007, and a B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution in 2000. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally: Suzhou Museum, China; Varley Art Gallery, Markham; Durham Art Gallery, Durham; The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville; TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary; Plug In Contemporary, Winnipeg; Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Yan’s work has been included in many collections and she has completed a number of public art projects. Recent projects include the following: Moon Gate commissioned by Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou; Sound of the Rain, commissioned by Elora Centre for the Arts. Yan is also a recipient of over 40 awards and grants, including the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Project Grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, and The Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and Mid-career Grant from Ontario Arts Council. 

Image: Xiaojing Yan, Far from where you divined (2017), lingzhi mushrooms, wood chips and wood, variable dimensions 

Image: Xiaojing Yan, Far from where you divined (2017), lingzhi mushrooms, wood chips and wood, variable dimensions