Artist Statement

Jiawei Zhao's photographic and sculpture work grapples with the shifting of culture and everyday life in the U.S. as a result of China’s influence and explores a redefinition of his relationship with the homeland. Most recently, His work grapples with the shifting of Chinese Students’ culture and their everyday life in the U.S. as a result of assimilating and compromising among Chinese cultural heritage, affirmed impression and viewpoints of Chinese culture in America, and American culture, and it explores a redefinition of his relationship with the homeland simultaneously. Jiawei came to the U.S. at age 18 to attend college, and have been here for ten years since then. The "Wallpaper" series evokes the common practice forty years ago of pasting newspapers on the walls of one’s home, a handy and affordable solution for wallpaper. His studio practice concentrates on photography applied in mass media and cliché culture/kitsch. Zhao's studio process involved installation, photography, re-photography, and sculpture of using The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle as the wallpaper, family album, appropriated images and calendars, his own photos, traditional Chinese couplet and goods, and Chinese students and their portraits. His final medium of work is through the camera and on the inkjet print.