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Emily (Xiaolei) Wang

For my artwork, I am focusing on overlaying language symbols and calligraphy onto imagery. I am interested in both the contrast these combinations will produce (colorful paint versus black-and-white characters) and the harmony produced. The contrast and harmony applies to the visual result as well as the meaning of the artwork.

Art is a language that people use to communicate with each other. Since we are a global community, I am interested in artwork that can speak to many different people. Rather than representing one culture in my work, I am interested in cross-cultural ideals. Like many people in the world, I have moved from one country to another, one language to another, one culture to another. I view our whole planet as one community - a global village. Art should not be separated into Eastern, Western, and other groups. Art should represent the mixture of cultures that human beings are, and not be appropriated by only one group or another.

Emily (Xiaolei) Wang is currently a art teacher at Junior High School 190 in Queens, NY. She has many years of experience as a fashion designer and web designer. She completed her Master of Multimedia Design at Sydney University and is currently attending Queens College for her Masters of Arts in Teaching.

Golden Life, 2020. 

Oil paint on canvas, 14"x11"

Sunny Day, 2020.

Oil paint on canvas, 14"x11"

Blossom, 2020.

Oil pastel and mixed media, 9"x12"

New World, 2020.

Oil pastel and mixed media, 9"x12"

Spring, 2020.

Oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 14"x11" 

All images courtesy of the artist.


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