徐敏 (Rachel Hsu）是一位跨學科藝術家，擅長視覺藝術、語言和詩歌。 她獲得了天普大學的Tyler藝術學院的雕塑碩士學位和西華盛頓大學的藝術學士學位。 她曾在紐約和費城展出，她的寫作作品曾發表在 Honey Literary 和 APIARY 雜誌上。 她最初來自華盛頓州西雅圖，目前在賓夕法尼亞州費城生活和工作。
My mother has lived away from her homeland for 30 years and I now live 2,800 miles away from mine. One’s relationships to place and to others are changing all the time and we must attend to, rather than avoid, flux. Yet, why do we yearn for something we know is not the same as in our memory or imagination?
My practice engages the yearning that emerges from distance and displacement, whether caused by physical separation, gradually growing apart from one another, or cultural and linguistic differences. My work is made of touch and tends to the aches of navigating spaces as an Asian American woman and bears witness to longing for intimacy and connection. It is a body sinking into bed, a writer’s hand traveling across paper, feet navigating terrain, air filling lungs, a voice burrowing under the skin. Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit questions whether desire can be cherished as a sensation in its own right, rather than as a problem to be solved. This notion permeates my work, as I call for viewers to submerge slowly into absence and longing. In Fetch the Moon from the Seabed (海底撈月), I use color to evoke this submersion in shades of blue and fading gradations: from the soft blue of retreating horizons to the illusory, deep blue of the ocean, the color is emblematic of the permanently unattainable.
Loss and longing are intertwined, and to fully experience both requires time and endurance. Whether it is the labor demanded by language-learning and cultural assimilation or the acute pain that healing necessitates, my work urges mental exertion and emotional endurance to be felt in one’s body. Is it a bearable pain? How long have you been feeling this way? And how far yet to go?
Everything Must Go, Atelier Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Flat Files, Peep Space, Tarrytown, NY
Flat Files, Collar Works, Troy, NY
|Before the River Becomes the Sea, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA
Ministry of Truth: 1984-2020, SaveArtSpace x Art At A Time Like This, New York, NY
|The Place Has Changed, Dakota Gallery, Bellingham, WA
Escape Routes, Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA
Beyond Borders (juried), Viking Union Gallery, Bellingham, WA
Studies in Order, Dakota Gallery, Bellingham, WA
Coterie, Cascade Space (now Sylvia Center for the Arts), Bellingham, WA
|this time, again, Viking Union Gallery, Bellingham, WA