I was born and raised in China, got my MFA degree from Emily Carr University in 2017 and BFA degree from Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in 2013. By studying and immigranting overseas, this culture transformed experience gives me a deeper understanding towards my art and identity. Through working with various mediums including video, installation art and performance, I focus my practice and research on themes of identity, social issues, as well as culture transformation. Many of my projects are related to social issues and everyday life. By mixing art and everyday life, switching identity between artist and others, I looking into art to pursuit the answers for reality life. Moreover, I believe experimentation is fundamental in art. Hence, I have dedicated myself to projects that strive to expand the boundaries of art. As an international artist who is looking for start art career in Canada, to have a studio among other artists in such a dynamic community is an exciting beginning.
Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes. Born in Prince Rupert in 1954, Paul is an award winning artist and curator known for his tough engagement with controversial issues and his eye for social context, driven by an insatiable search for identity, community and authenticity. Paul is a pioneer of early visual and media art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. Writing, publishing and teaching have been an important part of his praxis. With a career spanning four decades he has been instrumental proponent to contemporary art. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa),and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Among his many distinctions, Paul is the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002 and he received Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art for outstanding contributions to the field.
Aerlyn Weissman’s projects have addressed peacebuilding, queer history, censorship, decolonization, internet culture, data visualization, the housing crisis, and social mapping. As a media arts mentor, they have partnered with local and international organizations such as Artsbridge, First Nations Video Collective, GIFTS, Out On Screen, Peace it Together, and PACE. They have film and television credits on leading edge reality shows, science and history programming, and television specials.
In addition to winning two Genie Awards for Best Documentary (Forbidden Love; Fiction and Other Truths) and two Gemini Awards for their work in recording sound, they have been honoured as Woman of the Year by Women in Film and Television. Within months of graduating with a Master’s Degree in Digital Media granted jointly by UBC, SFU, ECU, and BCIT, they received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media.
They are currently working on incorporating glassblowing into their media arts practice.