Shuyi Cao is a New York-based artist and researcher whose practice explores alchemical approaches to material, matter and knowledge osmosis. Through archeological speculation and ecological fiction, she contemplates the porous plurality of relations between sciences, technocultures, mythologies, and cosmologies. Her multi-medium sculpture and installation traverse enormous and microscopic scales, involving more/less/other-than-human worlds. Her making methods synthesize dynamic spatiotemporal configuration and material transformation, from ceramic and glass making with wild clay, sand, mineral, and earth elements to digital fabrication such as 3D printing and virtual environment simulation. Her recent works center on world-making that unravels monstrous intimacy and queer kinship across a myriad of networked life forms and incompatible scales. Combining hand-crafted objects, technological artifacts, and moving images, she creates paradoxical fossils - tangible and intangible - as portals to meditate geotrauma, trans-corporeality and prehistoric futurity.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including upcoming solo presentation at 11th Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine, Quebec, and exhibitions at Para Site, He Art Museum, Aranya Art Center, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, Today Art Museum, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Chronus Art Center, Banff Centre for the Arts, NARS Foundation, A.I.R. 13th Biennale, MASS MoCA, among others. She is the recipient of the Today Art Museum Wang Shikuo Nomination Award, The New School Tishman Environment and Design Center Research Grant, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Grant.

She is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute and founder of Transmaterial Lab, faculty at The New School, alumni of NEW INC New Museum.  She received a Bachelor of Laws, an M.A. in Public Administration from Fudan University in Shanghai, and an M.F.A. in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York.

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