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Xiangni Song is an artist based in Beijing and New York. Her artistic practice is rooted in daily observations and personal experiences. Initially trained in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in 2016, she later pursued a transition from illustration to fine art by enrolling in the MFA Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute in 2020. Over the past two years, she has explored various mediums, creating two-dimensional works and sculptures. Her primary focus is on painting, drawing, and ceramics. Her artistic content consistently explores themes of identity, self-observation, and imagination.



Artist Statement


My artistic intention is to create paintings that evoke a sense of peculiarity. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources such as novels, folktales, and films, my work delves into the intricate relationship between humans and animals, as well as themes of gender, sexuality, and personal identity. 


The strange and vibrant scenes depicted in my paintings are largely influenced by dreams, memories, and life experiences. In terms of style, I draw inspiration from animation, cartoons, and illustrations. Recognizing that human perception differs from that of a camera lens, I aim to capture the imagery that exists solely within my mind. As a result, my paintings often contain distorted forms, unconventional spatial arrangements, and exaggerated proportions of both figures and objects. By combining my imagination with keen observation, I strive to create a visual language that challenges conventional notions of reality and invites viewers to explore the depths of their perceptions.

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