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Sichong Xie seeks to be a cultural organiser who utilises body-based sculptural forms (masks / costumes / objects) transforming discarded materials and disregarded spaces by using the tools of humor and absurdity. By placing traditional sculptural forms within new sites, materials, and social constructs, she investigates these forms and movements within global communities to re-consider and re-envision shared spaces and performative practices. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, she was a fellowship artist in the Watermill Center for Performance in Long Island, NY. In July 2017, she was an artist in residency at the Hauser & Wirth Somerset, U.K. During the three-week intensive workshops and practices, she collaborated with two other dancers, creating a piece called “Walking With The Disappeared”, which is a three hour endurance performance integrated with dance, experimental theatre and installations.

Her practice deals with issues of identity, politics, cross-culturalism, and the surreal characteristics of her body in the ever-changing environment. Her current body of work explores Chinese culture versus American culture, her female gender versus the patriarchy that is reflected in municipal sculptures in China, and Chinese Communist politics versus
the “only one child” generations.

 

1991 Sichong was born in Xi'An, China; now she works and lives in Los Angeles.
 


EDUCATION


MFA in Photography and Media / Integrated Media (2015-2017)
California Institute of the Arts            Valencia, CA

Mildred's Lane Fellowship Residency Program (June 2014-July 2014)
Mildred's Lane Residency            Narrowsburg, NY    

New York Studio Residency Program (Exchange Program)  September 2013-December 2013
New York School of Visual Arts New York City, NY

BFA in Illustration / Minor in Fine Arts Graduated on May 2014
Columbus College of Art & Design Columbus, OH
• CCAD Presidents List, Spring & Fall 2012
• CCAD Deans List, Fall 2011

Bachelor of Fine Arts (equivalent) May 2012
Xi’An Academy of Fine Arts Xi’An, Shaanxi, China
 


EXHIBITION

 

2016

Photo Independent Art Fair, Raleigh Studios Hollywood, Hollywood, CA
Always A Body, Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
You Can't Take That Away From Me, L Shape Gallery, Valencia, CA

2015
HumanUfactory Workstyles, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL
Dancing Tables, Mildred's Lane Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY

2014
YOUNG HEARTS III, Sean Christopher Gallery, Columbus, OH
En Massse, or sameness, Skylab Gallery, Columbus, OH

2013
Curate NYC 2013, Chashama Gallery, NYC
Contemporary Art Fair, NYC
Open Studio in Dumbo Art Festival, NYC
AOI Show, Rivet Gallery, Columbus, OH
Rotating Exhibit, Universal Green House Gallery, Columbus, OH
Columbus College of Art & Design Art Fair, Columbus, OH
Diversity Show, Beacon Gallery, Columbus, OH

2012
Media Installation, The Second Floor of DSB, Columbus, OH
I AM, The first floor of Canzani Center, Columbus, OH

2011
The Show: 100th Xi’An Academy of Fine Arts Annual Student Exhibition, Xi’An, China

2009
The Show: 98th Xi’An Academy of Fine Arts Annual Student Exhibition, Xi’An, China
 

PUBLICATIONS


Ma, Yong, Xie, Sichong. (2011). “The Small Fish”. Chinese Publishing Company.

Xie, Sichong. “Chinese Ancient Cultural Map” Page #37, In Nate. Padavick, Salli. Swindell, They Draw and Travel, (2012).

Xie, Sichong. “The Eternal Palace of Youth”, “The Magical Machine”, “A Girl with Trees” Page #13-15, In Katharine. Richards, AOI book, (2013).

 

RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS

 

2017

Hauser & Wirth Somerset Exchange Residency - Bath, U.K.

Watermill Center Summer Residency - Long Island, NY

CalArts The Pavilions Residency - Venice, Italy; Kassel, Germany; Munster, Germany

2016
Watermill Center Summer Residency – Long Island, NY

2015
Da Li International Photography and Film Festival Visiting Artist in Residence - Da Li, China

2014
Mildred's Lane Summer Fellowship Residency Program - Narrowsburg, NY

2013
New York Studio Residency Program/AICAD – Brooklyn, NY

 

DESIGN EXPERIENCE


Fashion Illustration Internship January 2013-Present
Safelite Auto Glass, CCAD MindMarket project Columbus, OH
• Illustrated back and front looks for male and female uniform redesigns

Freelance Designer, iPhone & iPad cases March 2013
Big Lots Columbus, OH

Graphic Design Intern October 2012-Present
Shy People (Fashion Website) Cleveland, OH
• Design the first page of the website, update the fashion images monthly

Illustration Intern September 2012-December 2012
Customs T-Shirts Columbus, OH
• Designed graphics and illustrated images for t-shirt printing

Freelance Fabric Illustrator July 2012
The Shaanxi Province Hospital Xi’An, China
• Designed hanging fabric background for the 14th international meeting, including company logo while incorporating the idea of rebirth in a traditional Chinese culture

Book Illustrator May 2011
Chinese Publishing Company Xi’An, China
• Designed the cover and illustrated ‘The Small Fish’ a 30 page book

CONTESTS/AWARDS


AOI Illustration Contest & Exhibition, Held at Rivet Gallery, Columbus, OH March 2013
• 3 illustrations accepted: “The Eternal Palace of Youth”, “The Magical Machine”, “A Girl with Trees”

Second Place, They Draw & Travel, Columbus, OH March 2012
• Chinese Ancient Cultural Map

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

 

2017
New Media Arts, group exhibition, curator, TBD – Xi'an, China (forthcoming)

2016
CalArts L Shape Gallery, You Can't Take That Away From Me, solo exhibition, curator – Valencia, CA

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Photography Instructor January 2016-Present
CAP, Self Help Graphics, LA
• Design course structures, teach high school students digital photography and creative writing, as well as bookbinding

Student Assistant January 2016-Present
International Students Office, CalArts, LA
• Write proposals, archive files, research different cultural events, and greet with visitors

Gallery Assistant September 2013-Present
Shin Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC
• Write proposals, install artworks, research artists and art events, and greet with visitors

Freelance Illustrator for Cinema Movies Company May 2013-Present
Cinema Movies, Columbus, OH

Student Design & Front Desk Assistant January 2013-June 2013
CCAD MindMarket Columbus, OH
• Answer phones, arrange meeting schedules, and tour guide for external constituents

The Sketch & Drawing Part-Time Teacher December 2009-December 2010
The Sicily Art Studio Xi’An, Shaanxi, China
• Taught high school students drawing & sketching & character design