Xiaojing Yan is a China born Toronto based artist. She received her M.F.A on Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution, China.
As an artist migrating from China to North America, both her identity and her work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. In her art, every idea travels through the intricate passageway of how she thinks in Chinese but speak in English.
In an effort to shape herself, she takes traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvents them within a Western aesthetic and presentation. In the series, Flux, She uses 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.
Yan’s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Canada and United States. Yan is the recipient of numerous grants including most recently the Emerging Artist Grant from Canada Council for the Arts.
For her portfolio please visit her website.
Flux I, 2009
Paper and natural reed, 14 X 16' X 38 inches
Chinese porcelain spoons 20 X 5 X 6 feet
Paper and natural reed