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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

 

The Reef Fellowship Residency Program (October 2017-September 2018)
The Reef Artist Residency             Los Angeles, USA

Post-MFA in Fine Arts (July 2017-August 2017)
Bath Spa University             Bath, UK


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
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
 

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS

 

2018

Skowhegan Summer Residency - Madison, ME, USA

The Reef Artist Residency - Los Angeles, USA

2017

The Reef Artist Residency - Los Angeles, USA

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

Watermill Center Summer Residency - Long Island, NY

Venice Biennale 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, HumanYingWork Styles Session Participant - Narrowsburg, NY

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

 

SOLO EXHIBITION

 

2018

Washing Day: Losing and Re-Collecting Memories (Site-Specific Performance/Installation), AR Projects, Los Angeles, USA

2017

Walking With The Disappeared (Durational Performance), Hauser & Wirth Somerset Gallery, Bruton, UK
We Know We Could Go To Jail, D300 Gallery, Valencia, CA, USA

2016

You Can't Take That Away From Me, L Shape Gallery, Valencia, CA, USA

2015
Do Birds Know Politics, Beaton Gallery, Columbus, OH
 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

 

2018

5-Nine Variations, The Reef Artist Residency, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The 2018 New Genre Arts Festival, Living Arts of Tulsa Gallery, Tulsa, OK, USA

The Gifts of the Spirits, The Broad Museum (Ron Athey's performance project), Los Angeles, CA, USA

2017

See What You Mean, Getty Museum (Harry Gamboa Jr.'s Performance Group "Slipping Into Something More"), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tracing Memory With The Disappeared, Automata Arts Gallery (Two Artists Exhibition), Los Angeles, CA, USA
Clothing Optional, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Discovering Watermill Day, The Watermill Center for Performance, Long Island, NY, USA

Irrational Exhibits 10th Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions(LACE), Los Angeles, CA, USA

The 2nd Changjing Photo & Video Biennale Exhibition, Changjiang Art Museum, Chongqing, China

Sounds of Central Valley, Bijou Theatre, Valencia, CA, USA

Far Bazaar, Alternative Art Fair and Art Collective Festival, Cerritos College Fine Arts Galleries, Norwalk, CA, USA

GLAMFA Exhibition, Cal State Long Beach Art Galleries, Long Beach, CA, USA

2016

The Watermill Center for Performance GALA: House of Madness, Long Island, NY, USA

Photo LA, The Reef Art Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The 3rd Photo Independent Art Fair, Raleigh Studios Hollywood, Hollywood, CA, USA
Always A Body, Glass Box Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Ecologies, Photo LA Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Nothing To See, D300 Gallery, Valencia, CA, USA

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

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

2013
Curate NYC 2013, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Contemporary Art Fair, New York Convention Center, New York, NY, USA
Dumbo Art Festival, Dumbo Art District, New York, NY, USA

Sweet Breads, New York Studio Residency / AICAD, New York, NY, USA
AOI Show, Rivet Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA
Rotating Exhibit, Universal Green House Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA
Columbus College of Art & Design Art Fair, Columbus, OH, USA
Diverse, Beacon Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA

2012
Mapping the City, Beaton Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA
I AM, The Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, OH, USA

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

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


CONTESTS/AWARDS

 

2nd Place at the Chiquita Canyon Awards, Held at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA March 2016

• Received a $2,500 scholarship / grants

 

1st Place at the 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

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Xie, Sichong. "Minsheng's Photographs of People's Lives in Hong Kong" Page #36, Picturing Humanism, (2017)

Xie, Sichong. "Summary on Hagar Cygler" Page #85-96, Reconsiderations, (2016)

Xie, Sichong. "You Can't Take That Away From Me" Page #28, In Whitefish Review Magazine, issue "CHANGE", (2016)

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


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

 

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

 

2018

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

2017

The Reef Artist Residency, Be In Touch With The Space, a series durational performance (2017-2018), curator - Los Angeles, CA, USA

D300 Gallery, We Know We Could Go To Jail, solo exhibition, curator - Valencia, CA

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

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Museum Technician November 2017-Present
Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, USA
• Improve permanent collections, install new installations and organise events in the museum

Graduate Teaching Assistant January 2016-May 2017
Harry Gamboa's TA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
• Write proposals, archive files, research different cultural events, and greet with visitors

Photography Instructor January 2016-August 2017
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-July 2017
International Students Office, CalArts, LA
• Write proposals, archive files, research different cultural events, and greet with visitors

Gallery Assistant September 2013-December 2013
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

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

Fashion Illustrator January 2013-August 2015
Safelite Auto Glass, CCAD MindMarket project Columbus, OH
• Illustrated back and front looks for male and female uniform redesigns

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

Fabric Pattern 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