Sichong Xie

Artadia Awardee

“Xie’s work is so dynamic, and grandiose, while also maintaining experiences of intimacy, regarding family, memory, statehood and desire. She is very deserving of this award, and I look forward to witnessing how she continues to cultivate community and encounter in the wake of forced simulation.” – Taylor Renee Aldridge, Visual Arts Curator, California African American Museum

“I was awe-struck by Sichong. Her collaborative spirit, workmanship and storytelling were incredibly moving to me. Her projects weave narratives that are, at once, poignantly singular and wholly universal — a seemingly impossible feat.” – Beth Malone, Independent Curator and Executive Director, Dashboard

Sichong Xie is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her practice combines movement and material in body-based sculptural forms, including masks, costumes, and other objects. By placing traditional sculptural forms within new sites, materials, and social constructs, she investigates these forms and movements within global communities to reconsider and re-envision shared spaces and performative practices. She raises questions about identity, politics, cross-culturalism, and the surreal characteristics of her body in the ever-changing environment.

Xie received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia CA. Her most recent multi-media multi-channel installation “Do Donkeys Know Politics, Scaffold Series I” is currently on view at USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA. She was a fellowship artist at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Yaddo, and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. In 2017, Xie was chosen to participate at Hauser & Wirth Somerset exchange residency in Bruton, UK where she created a four-hour durational performance/installation “Walking With The Disappeared.”

Sichong Xie is the recipient of the 2021 Marciano Art Foundation Artadia Award.

Image details:

Family Portrait, 2018
Smile for an Hour, 2016-2017
Walking with the Disappeared, 2017
On the Ladder Along Can I Climb Over the Dunes, 2020-2021
When the Peaks of Our Washing Sound Come Together, My Tree House Will Have a Roof, 2018
Do Donkeys Know Politics, Scaffold Series 1, 2020