Through investigations into astronomy, physics, paleontology, and biology, and visits to technological facilities such as SpaceX and Biosphere2, I explore the uncanny dimensions of the natural world in search for new materials to make sculptural forms. I work with byproducts from the metabolic process of the universe to examine how consciousness is embodied in matter and manifests its sculptural presence. From the cosmic to the geologic to the molecular, substances like relic radiation leftover from the Big Bang, carcasses of prehistoric organisms that turned to stone, or wax secreted from the glandular abdomens of bees reveal certain underlying forces in nature. Transfiguring these nerve-like materials into sculptures, my work engages the sense of sight, smell, and touch—triggering haptic, synesthetic, and time-slip experiences on a parallel plane.
Alice Wang (b. 1983) was born in Xi’an, China. She makes sculptures, prints, videos, drawings, and experimental films. Wang received her BS in Computer Science and International Relations from the University of Toronto, BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and MFA from New York University. She was a fellow of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2012, a Villa Aurora fellow in Berlin in 2013, and the recipient of the Project Grant to Visual Artists from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2016. Wang has presented work at ltd los angeles, Human Resources (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles), Immanence (Paris), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), 80WSE (New York), the Art Gallery of Mississauga (Canada), and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, among others. Her forthcoming solo show will be exhibited at Capsule Shanghai in September. Wang is based in Los Angeles, and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.