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Nature-Based Art of MSU’s Gao Gets National, International Exhibits

art installation by Xia Gao

The artwork of Xia Gao, associate professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design will be showcased both nationally and internationally in the coming months. Her recent projects are meant to interact with the installation sites and have nature as content as well as backdrop.

Xia Gao

“These designs are inspired by the sites and their natural environments and the themes that relate to public concern, such as water use, and personal contemplation to life happenings. The project I proposed for I-Park 2017 residency and biennale, entitled “One Life, One Spring,” was intended to reflect on humans’ short existence as to the nature,” said Gao. “It is drawn from the Chinese idiom “人活一世,草木一春” that means ‘Man has but one life, grass sees but one spring’ to say the brevity of human existence. It has been further inspired by nature to express broader perspectives.”

“My projects are constantly shaped by place, chosen sites, funded and available materials, technical experimentations, obstacles, and other elements in the execution; they have evolved and changed to find the final form for concept expression.”

Gao hopes the audiences “are not only engaged by visual from the interplay of material, color, shape, site, etc., but also encouraged to ponder on human life: the strength, the shortness, and its meaning in relation to family, society, and nature. Meanwhile, it opens to different responses and interpretations that often enriches what I originally hoped for.”

Nationally, Gao’s artwork can be seen this summer at these places:

  • A special residency at I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Conn.
    Developing site-responsive installations for the 2017 Site-Responsive Art Biennale.
  • A new outdoor exhibition “Rinse” is on public view as part of “Point of View” exhibition at Heritage Museum and Garden in Sandwich, Mass.
  • “2017 Waterloo Arts Fest Juried Exhibition” in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • “Words in Characters, Books as Vehicle,” at Oklahoma State University Museum.
  • Stanford University’s East Asia Library, “Shifting Landscapes” at Form & Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M.
  • “Spectacular Skies” at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, Md.

Internationally, Gao is featured at:

  • “Miniartextil Borderline” in Como, Italy.
  • “The 8th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art “Scythia” in Kherson/Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine.
  • via the College of Arts and Letters website

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