Independent Study Student (Art)
Jiaxin Shi was born in Daqing, a city in the northeast region of China in 1990. At the age of 7, she moved to Shenzhen, China with her parents. In 2004, Jiaxin moved to the United States, and she began several years of training in architecture in 2008. Jiaxin attended several institutions, including Iowa State University and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In 2011, Jiaxin transferred to University of Lethbridge where she’s currently studying to receive her BFA in Fine Arts.
Jiaxin Shi experiments with a wide range of media in her art making, utilizing both traditional and new techniques. Jiaxin also works with unconventional materials such as zip-ties and discarded cardboard. Her current art practice focuses on creating soft sculptural pieces that convey senses of time and space. Jiaxin’s works occupy an architectural space when installed and invite viewers to a rich tactile and visual experience. These crocheted pieces not only allow Jiaxin to become more familiar with a traditional technique, but also challenge her to bring forth a new narrative on the craft.