Chinn Wang

Chinn Wang’s art practice is concerned with the subjective nature of personal narrative and history and the examination of the fluidity and ambiguity of memory and history. Often employing coded visual languages and symbolic iconography, Wang is interested in the digital and analog manipulation of images, pushing optical limits past the point of legibility into abstraction. In this way, images vibrate between clarity and obfuscation, demonstration the futility and interplay between fiction and nonfiction.

Recent work explores themes of erasure, lineage, superstition, and mortality, while current interests include floriography, sacred symbols, divination, and moments of spectacle in popular culture. Wang’s studio practice confronts and complicates viewers’ expectations, encouraging a non-passive viewing experience that compels a constant questioning of material, space, and image, highlighting the shifting balance between what is real and what is imagined.

Wang earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a dual BA in Art Practice and Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Teaching Associate Professor and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Denver and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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