Shirley Tse

Shirley TseArtist’s Statement

I am exploring sculptural processes as models of multi-dimensional thinking and negotiation. Sculpture making demands the ability to merge the abstract and the literal. A sculptor has to negotiate constantly between her concepts, their practicality as real-world existence (physics) and their relationship to the rest of the world (architectural, semantic and ethical). Sculpture requires the ability to know how to fit things together, how to problem solve and how to orchestrate elements within a whole that reflects the structure of the artist’s ideas. My interest in this fluidity, or “plasticity” as mode of sculpture is developed out of my decade-long research of plastic as a phenomenon in contemporary society. Disposability, mobility, mutation, multiplicity and conflict are ideas that inform the decisions I make in my sculptures. Plasticity, for me, also means forming connections or bonds across different fields, histories and narratives.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2010-2012

Vital Organs and Other Stories, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, Calif.

Vital Organs, Rocky Mountain College Of Art + Design, Denver

The Grand Hotel Abyss: Art in California During the Great Recession, I: Shirley Tse, The Grand Hotel Abyss at Left Coast Books, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Parallel World: Sara Tse and Shirley Tse, Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

Building Blocks: Contemporary Works from the Collection, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Panorama: Los Angeles, ARCO Madrid, Spain

Material Intelligence, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Systems Theory, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Calif.

Community-based Projects

Patriot Acts, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, Calif.
Fellowships and Awards

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

City of Los Angeles Individual Artists Fellowship


M.F.A., 1996
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

B.A., 1993
Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Education Abroad Program, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.