Liao Wen (b. 1994 in Chengdu) currently lives and works in Hong Kong. She graduated from the Printmaking department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 2016, and received a Master's degree in Experimental Art from the Central Academy of Fine Arts China in 2019. Her solo exhibitions include "Almost Collapsing Balance", Capsule Shanghai (Shanghai, 2021) and "The Body Knows Silently", Cai Jin Space (Beijing, 2021). She has participated in group exhibitions "Durian-Durian: Southeast Asian Studies as a Methodology", The First Trans-Southeast Asia Triennial (Guangzhou, 2023); "Bodies and Souls", Cassina Projects (Milan, 2023); "Durian on the Skin", François Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles, 2022); "BOOMERANG-OCAT Biennale 2021", OCT Art & Design Gallery (Shenzhen, 2021); "2nd Women Artists International Biennial of Macao" (Macao, 2020); "She Says", Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum (Chengdu, 2019) among others.
Liao Wen 廖雯
Liao Wen's artistic practice focuses primarily on sculpture, alongside performance and video. Inspired by the experience of making marionettes in her early career, Liao's sculptures emphasize the invisible force transferred and constrained among the joints, revealing the fragility and instability of living beings, as well as their strength and resilience in the process of resisting the former.
Liao Wen's creative motifs are partly derived from the experience of the body: in the series Almost Collapsing Balance the sculptural structures suspending at a steady state suggest a similar physical and mental condition that is approaching the threshold. Another source of inspiration is her study of gender in culture: the series Rites of Seasons explores the embodiment and resonance of life cycle in female bodies and natural rhythms by unraveling seasonal rituals in women's communities. Meanwhile, in the series Poisons and Antidotes, the artist contemplates women's intricate and ambiguous roles in using natural substances that function as both poison and medicine, and traces the depiction of this history in varying power relations and cultural contexts.