ECO echo: Xie Rong

15th April 2021


In this presentation I will share some inspirational artist’s projects that address important environmental issues through the theme of water, plants and soil.


I am a performance artist. I have always been interested in the relationship between Body, Memory and Politics through gesture, mark making and storytelling. Through video and an audience Q&A, I will share my research into some inspirational artist’s projects (including Betsy Damon, Zheng Bo and Song Chen), that address important environmental issues through the theme of water, plants and soil.


Xie Rong

Xie Rong

Working within a non-dualist aesthetic, where concept and beauty encounters harshness, Xie Rong creates a singular and often poetic expression where will power and vulnerability constitutes a common ground for a new becoming. Rong appropriates contemporary Chineseness, and tropes of Chinoiserie and femininity in order to subvert them. She has used lipstick, breast milk, clay and other materials to draw and write on her skin. She mines her own experiences of childhood, family, marriage and motherhood – and those of her female ancestors – juxtaposing English narration with Chinese traditional folk song to play with her complex hybrid identity. Her work explores the territory of translation: between two languages, between gesture and stillness, between her Chinese past and English present, between live performance and post productions. Xie Rong studied at the High School of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute before moving to London where she gained a BA in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and a MA in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. Since 2011, she has been collaborating with photographer Jamie Baker in the documentation of her performance work. Her performance and action paintings have been seen in the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Sweden, Egypt, Germany, Australia and Korea, Finland, Mexico and Iran. She won the 40 under 40 perspective art award in 2017 and the Chinese Arts Now scratch Award 2019.

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