Mei Mei received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Ohio University 2002. As a mixed media and installation artist, Mei Mei explores various media to bridge her internal and external worlds. She is a lifelong student of the human psyche, fascinated by the mind's ability to focus on details great and small without limits. Using her internal symbols, she creates rich visual images that are both highly personal and accessible by all.
Mei Mei has received numerous awards and residencies, including at the Vermont Studio Center, Great River Art Association, the ARCH Residency at Honfleur Gallery, the Montgomery College Artist Residency, and second place in the Contemporary South Exhibition.
Mei Mei's work was selected in the Studio Visit Magazine Volume 10, 2010 and was featured in The Studio Visit in June 2011.
Upcoming shows include "Strictly Painting" selected by Margaret Heiner, "Speed and Pressure" at the Kaplan Gallery, VisArts,"Voyage in Tangible Space" at the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery in the Schlesinger Center, Alexandria,VA; and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, SilverSpring, MD.
Past shows include: "Mapping Source Installation" curated by Pat Goslee at the Hillyer Art Space, WPA 2011 Art Auction Gala curated by Claire D'Alba, "CultureScape" Group Exhibition at the Addison Ripley Gallery, "61" Exhibition at Honfleur Gallery, the 8th Annual Silent Auction & Benefit Party at Transformer Gallery, DC (e)merge Art Fair 2011, SELECT: WPA 2012 Art Auction Gala, "Demolish" at Count Down Art Space, "Something or Nothing" at The McLean Project for the Arts, "Magically Suspicious" at School 33 Art Center, "Mnemonic Fragmentation" at VisArts/Gibbs Street Gallery and "UNFETTERED" at Delicious Spectacle.
As an artist, I’ve always been drawn into the depth and the mysterious side of the psyche. This is the source of my art and I can only express it in a language that transcends words.
My work consists of multilayered and patterned surfaces that I use as topographical maps of the mind. My internal landscape has its own appearance, colors, attractions and distractions. Among the many symbols of my mind is the awareness of similarities and differences between Eastern and Western cultures.
There are connections between internal symbols and connections which stretch out to the external. I believe that there is as much to uncover beneath the surface as to discover on the surface. Our minds occupy a space between the conscious and the subconscious; my work encompasses what is beneath the awareness of consciousness and beyond the passive knowing of subconsciousness, and brings it to life.
Another aspect of the human mind that I explore is its freedom from the boundaries of macro and micro scales and its power of infinitesimal infinitude. My work is a place for the mind to move without limits, from the work as a whole down through layers of ever more granular complexity.