Shellie Zhang

Shellie Zhang

Shellie Zhang (b. 1991, Beijing, China) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She has exhibited at venues including WORKJAM (Beijing), Scope Art Fair (Switzerland) and Public House of Art (Netherlands). She is a recipient of grants such as the RBC Museum Emerging Professional Grant, the Toronto Arts Council’s Visual Projects grant, and the Canada Council’s Project Grant to Visual Artists. Recent projects include a residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario with EMILIA-AMALIA, the 2017 Creative Time Summit, and an ongoing year long peer mentorship program with Whippersnapper Gallery.

By uniting both past and present iconography with the techniques of mass communication, language and sign, Zhang’s work deconstructs notions of tradition, gender, identity, the diaspora, and popular culture while calling attention to these subjects in the context and construction of a multicultural society. She is interested in exploring how integration, diversity and assimilation is implemented and negotiated, how this relates to lived experiences, and how culture is learned and relearned.

Projects
Shellie Zhang - I am Terrified /我担心

I am Terrified /我担心

I am Terrified /我担心, 2017
Neon
10″ x 40″
 
I am Terrified /我担心 explores the transmission of language from one generation to another. Written in both English and Mandarin, the two neon signs speak to the cultural connections brought forth by language, and consequently, unveils the inherent loss experienced through linguistic assimilation.

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