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Kiki Zhen

Nominated by the University of Illinois at Chicago

Being brought to America at age 5 – I am constantly questioning my roots and identities between two cultures, whether to consider myself as a first-generation Chinese “American”. I exploit the interpersonal views that emerge and cause confusion towards culture and identity. I find materials usage and memory to be essential in order to understand their limitations, positions, familiarity, and unfamiliarity. The forms and gestures of my works are impacted by the elements in life both externally and internally that express a reaffirmation of a story.

Image: Mahjong, wood, 32”x42”x41.5”, 2018

Resident year: 
2018
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident