Xi Li
b. 1995 in Suzhou, China
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA


Education:
2013-2017 BFA Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, New York, NY


Solo Exhibitions/Presentation

2019 Traces of Invisibilities, OnCanal/Bungee Project, New York, NY
2019 Traces of Invisibilities, Artist Talk, OnCanal/Bungee Project, New York, NY 

Group Exhibitions/Presentation
2017 Pratt Show, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Arifit Project Presentation, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
2015 Rowena Reed Kostellow Award Final List Exhibition, Pratt Institute, New York, NY 




More about my practice:

My early work was deeply influenced by the form and space study at Pratt. I used a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, collage and installation, to explore the nature of objects in everyday environment: materials, boundaries and relationships in between elements. Constantly moving from one place to another, I, just like a wandering outsider, was immersed in this ever-changing era of image explosion and overwhelming choices, and was surrounded by confusing representation of the reality. This drives me to stand in a more distant angle to re-examine and re-image how perception is colored by conventionality, contradiction, and the mundane within the existence of the contextual elements in scenes. My recent series, Traces of Invisibilities, takes a thorough look at multiple kinds of narratives photographed in common environments, while others are seemingly tacit moments occurring from a distant perspective without narrative. I searched for elements and scenes that make one contemplate how once familiar becomes a part of the foreign to oneself. This summer, I exhibited the first part of Traces of Invisibilities at Bungee Project in NYC and launched a self-published photo book of the same name. Besides this series, I'm currently working on a collage project that archives some of my personal photographs and represents collected visual materials on materialism, perception and the mechanism of desire.