Cindy Tsai (b. 1985) is an artist working in mixed-media installation. Her practice explores the plurality of perceptions. Inspired by her bi-cultural experience as a foreign student in America since early adolescence, her work deals with the evolution of perceived individual reality in respect to that of technology. Due to increasing accessibility to both digital information and distant culture in our contemporary society, one's perception of reality has become ever so unique and highly-customized. She investigates the awkwardness and absent intuition in cultural translation and distant intimacy.
Her work often informs a surreality, where a kind of the fantastical composes poetic, playful narratives. She is interested in a comfortably unbalanced state, derived from the tension between her growing ignorance of Taiwanese culture and her learned familiarity with America's. Playing with puns and foodways, she researches a contemporary, collective culture of dislocation and mixed-identity. Exploring the line between the grotesque and the uncanny, she facilitates a nonsensical yet universal nostalgia of belonging.
Cindy is from Taipei, Taiwan, temporarily works and lives in Boston, MA.