Shirley Tse represents Hong Kong in the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019


Most recently I am exploring sculptural processes as models of multi-dimensional thinking and negotiation. Sculpture-making demands the ability to merge the abstract, the literal and the practical. 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, for example). 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.

Read more in Artforum articles by Velasco and Rugoff, and an interview in Asian Art Newspaper

Phaidon Akademie X : Shirley Tse

Shirley Tse is named a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow

2009 recipient of a City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship

2012 recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists


Represented by:

Shoshana Wayne

Shirley Tse is a faculty member in the School of Art at CalArts.

Art + Practice Artist Talk 2021

Venice Biennale 2019 - Studio International interview