Shiwen Wang

Biography

Born 1995 in Shanghai, China. Lives and works in London

Shiwen Wang's work concerns language, particularly the limits of its representation and the vagueness of verbal expression. These linguistic liminal spaces are explored in her ambiguous narratives by fleshing out the tension, between hiding and revealing.

 

Wang is interested in engaging the viewer in a pursuit for hidden meanings and aspires to inspire them into a semantic game of hide-and-seek, to be played merely for its own sake. The artist gathers together an assortment of visual fragments - from language, ritual elements, nature, and digital culture - to create pictorial collages that speak to both the many excesses of contemporary life and our tireless attempts to process them.

 

From East to West, from the digital world to the material world the artist clashes with, merges in, sometimes reinforcing, sometimes diminishing, sometimes augmenting, sometimes fragmenting, and sometimes being destroyed by her surroundings.

 

Shiwen Wang obtained an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2021, a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 and a Bachelor in Art and Technology from the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art in 2017.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Things That Were About to be Lost, RuptureXIBIT, London (2021); Art for Artists, ArtSect Gallery, London (2021); The Intermission, Issuing Gallery, Shenzhen, China (2020); After Intermission: Where Are We Heading?, New Century Global Center, Sichuan, China (2020); ASYAAF: Hidden Artists Festival, Hongik Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2020); On the White Wall: 20 Litres Interior and Exterior Stable Wall Paint, Millennium Gallery, London (2020).

Works
  • Shiwen Wang , An Overthinker , 2021
    Shiwen Wang
    An Overthinker , 2021
    Oil on canvas
    100 x 80 cm
  • Shiwen Wang , Fruit 2 U, 2021
    Shiwen Wang
    Fruit 2 U, 2021
    Oil on linen
    36.5 x 34.5 cm
  • Shiwen Wang , Peach, 6 and 3 , 2021
    Shiwen Wang
    Peach, 6 and 3 , 2021
    Oil on linen
    120 x 100 cm
  • Shiwen Wang, Untitled , 2020
    Shiwen Wang
    Untitled , 2020
    Oil on canvas
    180 x 150 cm