Shirley Tse

Shirley Tse

Los Angeles-based artist Shirley Tse (b.1968) works in sculpture, installation, photography, and text. She deconstructs our world of synthetic objects that carry paradoxical meanings and constructs different models in which differences might come together. Various strategies of visualising heterogeneity are used: conflating different scales, fusing the organic with the industrial, crossing between the literal and the metaphorical, merging different narratives, and collapsing the subject and object relationship. 

Tse received a Master of Fine Arts from ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena and Bachelor of Arts degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of Fine Arts. 

Her work is exhibited at venues including: Pasadena Museum of California Art (2004/2017); Osage, Hong Kong (2010/2011); K11, Hong Kong (2009); Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge (2009); Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk (2006); Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (2005); Para Site, Hong Kong (2000/2005); Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (2003); Art Gallery of Ontario (2002); Bienal Ceará América, Fortaleza (2002); Biennale of Sydney (2002); Capp Street Project, San Francisco (2002); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2002); MoMA PS1 (2002); New Museum (2002); Palazzo dell’Arengo, Rimini (2002); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2001); TENT, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam (2001); and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (2000). 

Tse will represent Hong Kong at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Her work is featured in many articles, catalogues, and publications including Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life (2015) and Sculpture Today(2007).

Tse received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2009 and is on faculty at California Institute of the Arts since 2001 where she is Robert Fitzpatrick Chair in Art.