Curated by Xiaojing Yan
These artworks I found interesting because of their story-telling aspect that invites the audience to make various associations through instant gaze at the works. Their use of organic materials or natural themes makes connections to the current issues that relate to our environmental concerns.
Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese-Canadian artist whose work embraces her sense of having a hybrid identity. Combining her Chinese roots and education at Nanjing Arts Institute (B.F.A., 2000) with higher education at George Brown College in Toronto (2004) and an M.F.A. in sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007,) settling permanently in the Toronto area, her work reflects her journey through these various cultures, arriving at her own personal vocabulary. Her unique point of view brings together the past and the present, encompasses culture and nature, art and science.
Yan is a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Project Grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts, the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Mid-career Grants from Ontario Arts Council, and a 2018 OAAG Exhibition Installation and Design Award and many more.
Most recently, she has had solo shows at Maison Hermès, Shanghai, China; Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON, Canada; Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC, Canada; Varley Art Gallery, Markham, ON, Canada; and Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China. Yan has also completed public art projects and commissions in Canada and China including her 2018 installation “Cloudscape” at the Royal Ontario Museum and 2019 Window display “Into the Dreams” for Maison Hermès in Shanghai.