I create installation and sculpture that explores dichotomies of time, culture, and nature through the use of non traditional art media and discarded materials such as fabric, plastic and paper. I formulate dreamlike worlds with graphic motifs borrowed from my Chinese heritage and patterns influenced by my background in choreography and experience in a collective society. The repetitive, labor-intensive process casts me as a cultural producer operating a sweatshop of cutting, pasting, sewing, and stitching. Through a practice that becomes a ritual, the result is my own Made-in-China temple.
Li Ma is an installation artist and sculptor who explores dichotomies of time, culture, and nature through the use of nontraditional art media and discarded materials such as fabric, plastic, and paper. Originally from Fuzhou, China, Li formulates dreamlike worlds that are influenced in part by her background in choreography and experience with communist calisthenics. Li graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Shanghai Dong Hua University and received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited in galleries including A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, and SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. She was awarded Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards and Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Li currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.