Shirley Tse
Artist Statement

Shirley Tse is an American contemporary artist born in Hong Kong (now a US citizen residing in Los Angeles). Tse's work is often installation based and incorporates sculpture, photography and video, and explores sculptural processes as models of multi-dimensional thinking and negotiation. She is faculty in the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts, and was the Co-Director of the Program in Art from 2011-2014. She is co-organizer of the ReMODEL Sculpture Education Now symposia series and has been visiting faculty at Yale School of Art, Northwestern University, California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco), and Claremont Graduate University.

Shirley Tse was born in the late 1960s in Hong Kong.[1] Her sculptures, installations and photographs have been included in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, among them are The Biennale of Sydney[2](including Polymathistyrene 2000), Bienal Ceara America, Brazil, Kaohshiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, Italy, San Francsico Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Kettle's Yard, UK, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand. Tse is represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work has been included in numerous articles, catalogues and publications including Sculpture Today by Phaidon (2007) and Akademie X - Lessons in Art + Life (2015).[3] Tse's work is in public collections such as Rhode Island School of Design Museum, RI, M+, Hong Kong and Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong.

She received the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship in 2008, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2009,[4] and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2012.[5] Art commissions included Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA (2002), and Tse was artist-in-residence at the America Art Foundation Project, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, The Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.

Shirley Tse was selected to represent Hong Kong in the 2019 Venice Biennale, the first woman artist to present a solo show in the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Biennale

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Works & History
2009Shrink Wrap, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY
Material Intelligence, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom
2009 City of Los Angeles Individual Artists Fellowship (COLA) Exhibition, Municipal Art Gallery
Foam, Long Beach City College Art Gallery, CA
at the Brewery Project: 1993-2007: the Finale, The Armory Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2008Synthetic and Analytical Pile-up, Woodbury Hollywood, CA
Transformed, Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA
Gravity and Transformation, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Styrofoam, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
System Theory, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Patriot Acts - The Future of Nations, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
2007Waiting…, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Sink Like a Submarine, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Being There, California State University, Los Angeles
Touched, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
A Simple Complex Redux, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
2006Summertime, David Patton Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
From America, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Belarus
Amber Room, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Technocraft, Wignall Art Museum, Chaffey College, Los Angeles, CA
2004Power Towers + Inter-mission, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Power Towers, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (catalogue)
2003Perugi artecontemporanea, Padua, Italy
Shelf Life, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2002Shelf Life, Capp Street Project, Wattis Institute, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Sprawl, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis, Los Angeles, CA
Polytocous, Murray Guy, New York, NY
2000Murray Guy, New York, NY
Plastic Works, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong (catalogue)
Encapsulated, MacLennan Gallery, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1997Polyphantasmer II, Gallery 456, New York, NY
1996Polyphantasmer, MFA Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA