I was born in Taishan, China (1986), to village farmers who met in the factories of Shenzhen. Swept by the promises of modernity, our family immigrated to NYC in 1990. I grew up in a house with a village-style vegetable garden in the cosmopolitan neighborhood of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. These histories propel me. Their currents–manufacture and gardening, modernity and displacement, anarchy and citizenry, spirit and material–are split modes that fold over, burrowing and resurfacing. By making, I am in conversation with their cycles.

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I am an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on painting. From 2014 - 2016 my brother Qin Qin and I ran an art school called Redwood Art Studio. With an emphasis on exploration and personal growth, we taught drawing and painting to the kids in the community we grew up in, Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In 2012, Piotr Styk and I created Socotra Studio, a collaborative project exploring material property, ritual, craft, and function in the objects we make. 2008 – 2012 and 2016 – 2017: Program Coordinator at Art Palestine International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting contemporary Palestinian art. 

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