Pei-Hsuan Wang (b. 1987) holds a BA from Macalester College, MN, USA, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI, USA.
Migration, imagination, and the self are at the core of Wang’s practice. Extracting remarkable moments of everyday reality, Wang reflects on the ties and discrepancies between private experiences and the greater narrative, set in a world characterized by rapid transnational movement. Portraiture, landscape, and migrating bodies are key approaches adapted in Wang’s work. Through manipulating objects, images, material processes, and spaces, she creates poetic scenarios in which unique constellations of logic and storylines push and pull against one another, forming shifting identities of their own.
In her recent body of work, Wang contemplates her relationship with her Taiwanese American niece Iris in sculpture scenarios. By constructing and appropriating forms that embody the idea of exoticism, creating (self) portraitures of Iris that are suggestive of origin myths, and assembling an array of power objects in order, she thinks about the sense of fetishization and impurity (hybridity) often experienced alongside a multi-racial upbringing, and reflects on a deep desire to be an authentic, desired cultural hybrid herself, becoming Iris’s shadow or doppelgänger.
Wang has exhibited work at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei), and the National Gallery of Indonesia (Jakarta), among others. Recent residency programs include the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, the Asia Culture Center (ACC) (Gwangju), and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Wang was winner of the Special Jury Prize for Sanya Youth Award 2019 in China, finalist for the Taipei Arts Award 2016, and has shown at the Taiwan International Video Art Biennale, Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale, and the 18th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh.