Felix Xiao-Yu Wang

Water bird with rainbows, shooting stars, and Los Angeles traffic
Floating feet amongst collaged flower motifs and puffy cartoon clouds.
Oil painting, candle
Oil painting, abstract
Charcoal drawing of abstracted altar.
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Felix Xiao-Yu Wang

After performing a ceremonial burning of drawings meant for the dead, transforming paper and pastel into ash and smoke, I have found that my art practice is starting to tie into my cultural practice of ancestral worship. From the meditative experience that is painting, I create psychological landscapes that explore spirituality, memory, and time. I use collaged imagery in my paintings to represent the chaotic nature of memory and the transformation of entities.

The addition of rainbows in my work refers to 1) themes of transformation; 2) the maximalist Cantonese aesthetic I grew up with; and 3) how I have grown into my own disco ball brand of queerness. I collage together images of home, images of altars, with queer symbols that are not necessarily queer, as a way of exploring the many facets of identity, and how we may transform throughout a lifetime.

Meteor Shower, 2020
Oil on panel
72 x 48 x 2.5 inches

Home Dialect, 2020
Oil on canvas
60 x 48 x 1.5 inches

Plug-in Joss Candle, 2020
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 x 1.5 inches

Fountain, 2020
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 x 1.5 inches

Altar Drawing 2, 2020
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 inches