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Pearl C Hsiung

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Pearl C Hsiung explores our complex relationship with nature and the environment through a series of workshops with the youth of Borrego Springs, culminating in an art making event open to the public during the Festival. Hsiung will produce a sculptural installation for Galleta Meadows, entitled Holocene Screen, incorporating the work produced during these workshops, creating a kaleidoscopic view of the deep and varied ties that bind us all to the Anza Borrego Desert.

Special thanks to Wendy Weihls; Boys and Girls Club of Borrego Springs, especially Ricardo Fuentes; Borrego Art Institute, especially Joan Anson; Martha Deichler, Justine Smiley, and the Borrego Unified School District; and the many adults and youth who participated in workshops to make this piece possible.

Hsiung's painting, installation and video works challenge our boundaries between the perceptions of "human" and "nature," de-centering culture as only a human endeavor and developing a more inclusive notion of ecology. She has exhibited in solo shows in Los Angeles, London and Kunming, China as well as in group exhibits such as The Beyond; Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art; Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer Museum, California Biennial 2006 at the Orange County Museum of Art; Busan Biennale 2006 at Museum of Modern Art in South Korea and Expander at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her work has been commissioned for a large-scale, tile mosaic mural for a new Metro Station at 2nd Av/Hope St station, opening in downtown Los Angeles in 2021.