The Ottawa School of Art is pleased to present New Growth – Breath in Unison, an exhibition of works by Thornhill, Ontario-based artist from China Xiaojin Yan. The exhibition takes place from March 27 to May 10, 2015 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Gallery on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans. Come join us Sunday afternoon April 26 for an artist’s talk from noon to 1pm, followed by a reception from 1 pm to 3 pm.
“New Growth-Breath Unison” explores the immigrant experience of living and travelling between two cultures. Reed and paper are transformed into ethereal sculptures that are evocative of Ms. Yan’s immigrant experience.
Xiaojing Yan uses traditional Chinese materials and techniques, reinventing them in a Western aesthetic and presentation. Her works feature traditional Chinese lantern making materials, with the lightweight materials reflecting the fragility and strength that define the state of the immigrant experience. The cocoon-like shapes she creates hide the internal strength that is needed by those who chose to start life in a new land.
“I filter Chinese thoughts through English words, English words through Chinese culture, and my psyche through artwork.” Xioaing Yan.
Xiaojing Yan migrated from China to North America, and both her identity and work passed through the complex filters of these different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. Making art is a transmigration of Xiaojing’s ideas, and physical presence. Trained in both the eastern and western worlds, Xiaojing has a B.F.A in decorative art, Nanjing Art Institute, Jiangsu, China, and a M.F.A in sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
For more information please contact Nadine Argo, Gallery Coordinator, 613-580-2765 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the artist!
Sunday April 26
Artist talk: 24 h to 13 h
Reception: 13 h to 15 h
Works are on display from March 27 to May 10