Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation

Sichong Xie

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – multimedia installation
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Sichong Xie​ 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, Xie investigates these forms and movements within global communities to re-consider 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 has had Fellowships at Yaddo, MASS MoCA, The Watermill Center, Marble House Project, Hauser & Wirth, Fine Arts Work Center, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, and Skowhegan. She has exhibited at the Wende Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, OCAT Art Museum, LACE Gallery, Night Gallery, Automata Arts, Chashama Gallery, Eli Klein Gallery, and The Watermill Center.

Her most recent installation, “Memory Structure, Scaffold Series,” features objects and arrangements emblematic of memory and temporality: bamboo scaffolding, embroidery on industrial mesh, and a set of laser-engraved drawings that will fade from continual exposure to light, through which the artist reimagines architectural drawings created by her grandfather in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

While at MacDowell she worked on a new video installation that utilizes the natural landscape to explore durational work and its relation to the site-specific community, architecture, and landscape at MacDowell.



Sichong Xie worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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