'I' & 'One Day'
Gao Xianxing's work is anchored by her interest in dreams. Acknowledging the Western ideas pioneered by Freud, but principally led by Eastern ideas on consciousness and dream construction, she has placed herself as a primary material in the production of her work. Utilising her own ID documents, body hair and memories, the works are poetic, personal and subtle. When viewing the works, a viewer is invited principally to speculate on the constructed self as an expressed identity in sculptural form.
Her originality comes from a uniquely personal position, communicating this boldly without apology in quiet detailed powerful work.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Sculpture, 2019
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- BA Sculpture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2014
- NarrowGate space founder, Beijing, 2019; Visiting artist, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, 2019; Visiting artist, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2018; Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2018; Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, 2019
- 'I' (documents) and 'Untitled' (Sculpture), The Royal College of Art 2019 Degree Show, London; 'Ten metaphors', Safe House, London, 2019; 'Queuing On Stairs', Crypt Gallery, London, 2019; 'Cross my heart', Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, 2019; 'Sculpture Petting Zoo', Hockney Gallery, London, 2019; 'Supercult', Hockney Gallery, London, 2018; The Royal College of Art WIP Show, RCA, London, 2018; Group Show, Dyson Gallery, London, 2017; The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University Graduation Show, Beijing, 2014; 'Walking', The Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2013
- First Fruits, Academic Sculpture, Series of 22, 2014 No.2, pp.51-53; Old Self and New Self – Re-reading Michelangelo, Academic Sculpture, Series of 25, 2015 No.1, pp.16-17